How can I feel worse than before?

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I’m almost going into week 3 of Citalopram and Propranolol and I’m feeling really low. Not anywhere near suicidal or anything but I just can’t be bothered with anything or anybody and I am sleeping A LOT!  Just really low mood.... 

I’m taking these medicines primarily for anxiety and not depression and I feel like the medicine is making me depressed.

Just feeling a little bit alone in the world right now sad

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    There is an adjustment period where you feel lower, the reasons behind this have been discussed somewhere on here. Basically the brain resists the increase in happy hormone serotonin but after a while gives up and you feel better.

    Hang in there, if it gets too much call your doc though

    good luck :-)


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    When I first started to take Propanolol , it was the weirdest feeling. My whole system slowed down to a crawl. I felt like my feet were made of felt like I was moving as fast as molasses. 

    It took a while for this to go away. It definitely helps my anxiety

    When I forget to take my Propranolol now, my heart feels like it's pounding outside of my chest and I have bad dreams. I originally started taking it for high blood pressure. But I've realized that it helps me with my anxiety too. 

    Citalopram is a whole other story. It can make you feel worse the first week or so. Then, if it's the right medication for you, it starts to settle in and help. Citalopram helped me with my anxiety by stopping my excessive ruminating and over-reacting to everything. 

    Good luck to you and I hope you are feeling better soon!

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    Hi Jamie. When I hit about the two and a half 3 week mark my anciert was worse than it ever was. Not sleeping or eating and thinking I will never get better. This is NORMAL. As awful as it was I am t week 4 and feel so much better. My doctor prescribed diazepam as an emergency and it helped no end. It WILL get better but if you feel you really can cope see your dr. Good luck and hang in there xx
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    I feel exactly the same. It's horrible. I'm not suicidal but have felt I'd rather be dead than feel like this forever. I just want to feel normal and live again. I sympathise greatly.


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