Dunno if i need citalopram

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I know I've had panic attacks before but it was only a month ago that I took my first proper felt like something was wrong with me panic attack and went to the hospital and told it was anxiety I had been on the phone to doctor on call a couple times after the hospital with symptoms j didn't know what they were and felt awful everyday and it just seemed to get worse and I went to the doctor for more blood tests and she reassured me it was "only" anxiety and their was nothing wrong I went back to the doctor after still feeling no better and was handed a booklet about anxiety and then I went back to the doctor a third time after spending 2 days having the feeling of not being able to breathe this time when I went to the doctors I was given the tablets and after the weeks of not feeling great I didn't really think twice about taking Them and now That I've been on them a week I'm thinking did I really need these tablets as I was able to function fine on a daily basis do my own thing Go places just get up and go whenever I pleased and now I feel like I'm not that person anymore or maybe this month has been the start of more anxiety after a lot happening last year.

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    It sounds like you have been suffering from anxiety.  The tablets should help the anxiety (usually takes 4-6 weeks).  Where you functioning ok on a daily basis when your doctor perscriped the tablets?  The tablets definately make you feel worst before you get better but it is difficult taking a medicine that is supposed to help that initially makes you feel worse.
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      No I had been having a rough few weeks it started just a week before Christmas when I went to the hospital thinking I couldn't breathe And havnt felt good ever since. I was just not myself I think it was the physical symptoms that we're panicking me more than anything like not being able to breathe properly sore heads back arms feeling lightheaded not really eating much and just lying about and since then I've moved into my mums.... I was just thinking maybe I'd rush too soon into taking the tablets and didn't really give myself a chance to help myself

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      I had lots of the physical symptoms of anxiety.  It started with insomnia and then tight chest, racing heart, head aches, loss of appetite.  I tried to get better without medication but after hardly sleeping for 2 months reluctantly started taking Citalopram and I can definately say that I'm glad I did and I wish I had started taking it sooner.  You may have recovered without meds but you may have just saved yourself a couple of v. difficult months. 

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    Hi Jenni,

    Firstly, it sounds like your Doc knows little about mental illness and SSRIs.  Handing someone a booklet is an admnission to that!  Perhaps a change of Doc or surgery may be better, but ask first if there is a Doc that specialises in mental illnesses.

    Secondly, don't stop once you have started, Cita is in your system from day one and coming off needs to be slow and gradual.  Don't get me wrong they are not addictive, but withdrawl is horrible if you just stop!

    Thirdly, why do you want to stop?  The fact you said that you do not really need them and then saying you have side effects show they are working.  However, you have to let them repair that in the brain that this sticking plaster for the brain is meant to do.  Cita causes or hightens anxiety to be able to treat it whether we know we suffer from them or not.  Strange, but true!  This is a repair taking place and you have to let it run its course, in my case they went before I realised they had and that was a couple of months.

    Do not rush these repairs, do not wish to be the "old self" again, why go back to that which obviously brought you here in the first place?  Especially, if next time it has festered and you are even worse.  Look to being a better, healthier and physically as well as mentally fitter person.

    I can appreciate wheer you are coming from with things happening in our lives and when we're a slave to the system it messes with everything in our lives and it all goes to sh*te!

    Concentrate on getting better, but go with the flow, be close to Family and true friends that may understand and, of course, be gad you found us crazzies here!

    Keep posting, no matter how silly, keep reading, but don't worry about things that may not affect you (but you will) and that is where we come in, to help, reassure and guide you through.




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