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I’ve been on citalopram for nearly 4 years but my dose was only increased last September. Things improved but now I feel awful again. My Mum died last July after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. It was a heartbreaking ordeal seeing an immensely humorous, gifted and intelligent loved one decline and I’ve just had my first Mother’s Day without her which has been very hard. Despite this I feel that my main problems are with my job as a primary teacher. The demands, expectations and workload is intolerable at the moment. Many teachers are equally burdened but this time I feel totally inadequate (despite 27years experience) and useless. It is always a difficult time of year preparing children for national tests but this year seems worse. I have a young son who is in his first year at high school and needs support with homework but I have so much work every evening I have little time to help him. My husband works abroad at least 2-3 days a week. All I do is my job and domestic chores. I never get any recreational time for myself. In addition I have to support my elderly, recently bereaved father. I have developed a nervous twitch in my eye and I’m having panic attacks. Palpitations one minute, cold sweats and at other times complete numbness and detachment. Can’t imagine what I would be like without the drugs.
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