Hate the blips! Feels like I'm back at the beginning.

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So been on 20mg citalopram for nearly 6 months now and although the start was very rough it has got better and I can see what a long way I have come but I still get blips every month! Always around the time of my periods so it's definitely playing up with the hormones! These last few days I'm restless, knotty tummy and can't think straight also feeling on edge!

I know it's all part of the recovery but I hate it I hate feeling so rubbish and just want to be normal!

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    Hang in there Foxy. At least you have made the connection and know what triggers your bad days. Have you had those hormones checked? Keep strong and thinking of you.
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      Hi lee

      Yes I've had my hormones checked and I'm not menopausal which is good news but these last 12 months they do make feel really crap and always make the anxiety worse! I'm hoping things will get better soon! Xx

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      I was on escitalopram for 10years to help with firstly pnd as well as anxiety and they were brilliant up until last year I had a massive breakdown so docs decided to take me off them! I tried sertraline and venlaflaxne but they were awful so then tried citalopram but to be honest although I'm much better than last summer I think the escitalopram worked better for the anxiety so I keep wondering wether to ask for them again or stick it out longer with citalopram??? Think the low periods mess with my head! Xx
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    Hey Foxy Pollly,

    Cool name BTW wink My best advice with the blips is to accept them I was like you wanting them to stop and not wanting to have any anxiety or anything to be cured....... However I can honestly say one day I have a blip feel on edge and knotted guy and generally feel s--t the next after a good sleep feel perfectly normal for me ! I have recently started my own CBT where I try to have thinking techiques when the anxiety strikes so I can mentally block them out or try too this will get easier the longer I try ? Hang in there buddy it cant kill us we are too strong!

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    Hi foxy

    I've had exactly the same problem with monthly blips. Took me a while to figure it out though!. I'm 10 months in and on 40mg. My doctor told me citalopram is quite a common treatment for monthly blips in N.Z. She also cheerfully informed me that I'm probably in perimenopause and that can go on for ages. Lovely.

    There's no denying blips are frightening and demoralizing!. I always feel like I'm backsliding and question my sanity,then next minute I'm all good. Each month is slowly getting better though and I hang on to that positive!

    Louise.

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      Fantastic way to explain it louise they really are demoralizing arent they!! Hope everyone better underswtands them and learn how to downplay them wink
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