I have been feeling depressed and anxious for 2 years with so many different types of meds. nothi.

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    That is exactly what happened to me. My hormones were a mess, so I have those at levels they should be, but still have some lingering anxiety and slight depression. I was in Effexor for several months and that seemed to make things worse. I weaned off of it and started Cit. I am having some better days, but still have a ways to go. I started at 10 mg for 4 weeks and now have been at 20 mg for 3 weeks. I am hoping things continue to improve over the next few weeks. 

    Others on this forum say that patience is key! 

    Sissy

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      I can't work or care for my family. I have been on several different antidepressants over the past 2 years and nothing is working. Been on cit for 4 weeks and I am still dealing with daily anxiety and depression. I feel like nothing is ever going to be like it was before I got sick
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      I was in the same shape for a while. You are really early with the Cit. Have you had zero improvement? Does you doctor know you are still struggling after 4 weeks? Have your hormones and thyroid been tested recently? 

      I feel your pain! It is so frustrating.

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      Hormone and thyroid are within range. Yes my doc knows I am still in bad shape after 4 weeks. Did you have to try several meds?
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      I was on Effexor and that pooped out and caused me problems. I am on Trazodone 50 mg for sleep and I take a little Xanax. 

      Please se try to stay with the Cit. for a little longer. From what I have read, you need to give it a full 8 weeks. Has your doctor said anything about increasing your dose?

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      I don't feel like anything will help me out of this depression. I've been trying so many meds. C doc tomorrow. Am I going to be okay?
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    Often people start taking an SSRI and when they don't see a quick result, have it increased, swap to another and even other meds added to it.  You often end up feeling worse because of all the mix of side effects, withdrawal effects and too many meds.

    SSRI's take months and months to work.  They are no quick fix.  It can be 3-4 months to start noticing changes, and for some it can be 6-9 months.  But they do work.

    My personal view is to take one medicine ..... and stick with it, through thick and thin.  It won't feel like you're getting better and you'll doubt them many times.  But you have to be very persistent and persevere.

    Recovery often comes in waves, so you'll find yourself up and down throughout all these months.  Sometimes you'll feel they're working, then next you'll find yourself as if back at the start.  This is where the perseverance comes in.

     

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      katecogs,

      You are the one that keeps pushing me forwards! Every time I feel like the Cit. isn't going to work, you have a timely reply to someone's post. Thanks for staying with us in here and helping us who are struggling through it. 

      Michele,

      i am am not suggesting you go on other meds. I was already on those before I started Cit. My heart breaks for you because I was bedridden for several weeks. I pray you gradually start seeing windows of improvement soon. It may only be a few minutes here and there, but enough to help you stay in there.

      Sissy

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      One medication can take 3-4 months and even longer before any sign of it helping can occur.  Even when months pass, it's best to keep on persevering with it.

      Took my son 9 months before he recovered.

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      Katecogs,

      I started at 10 mg for one month and now been at 20 mg for three weeks. Should I think of my starting time as of 7 weeks ago when I first started or 3 weeks ago when I got to more of a therapeutic dose?

      Sissy

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      Michele,

      I have to to look at it like this....the Cit. is not causing me unbearable side effect and I know how bad I feel, so it seems that my best option is to keep going on and give it a fair chance to work. 

      I haven't had much of a life for two years either. I am now back to work, but it is a struggle a lot of days. I don't do much of anything else though.

      Sissy

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      I understand! I had to take time off and fortunately I have been given a lot of flexibility where I work.

      You will be back to your normal self again. Give the medication a chance to work and try your best to watch what you are thinking about. Celebrate any tiny positive step you make, even if it is just a mental note. 

      Instead of thinking the medication isn't working, think in terms of what you want to do when it does start working. Believe me, I am talking to myself here as well. 

       

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      I was ill on and off for 15 years before starting SSRI's.  I'd taken other anti depressants which did nothing for me, but within 4 months on these meds I started feeling something happening, and by 6 months was feeling better.

      A lot of people do seem to hop from one medication to another, not understanding the meds take a very, very long time.

      How many medications are you taking at the moment?

      Getting the dose right is also trial and error too.  Different people suit different doses.

      Some people also do better on an SNRI medication rather than an SSRI.  Each medication works different ways on neurotransmitters.

       

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      Hi Sissy

      Yes it's best to start counting from exactly when you first started taking the meds - which is now 7 weeks.  Whatever your dose, the medication is in your system and doing some work.  Each time you increase a dose too, you can get side effects all over again.  Also remember to give each dose a very, very long time before deciding if it's for you.  You can't tell if you need an increase until the dose has been allowed to settle.  Can be tiresome.  Everyone is different and all suit different doses.

      You need to be so patient and so very persistent ....... in time you should start seeing little glimpses of yourself.  You'll lose that glimpse, but it'll come back again and again, staying longer, getting stronger until it stays all the time.

      K x

       

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      Thanks K,

      It is a bit of a roller coaster right now! I might have a decent day and then a few bad days and then maybe another day that isn't too bad. My emotions are all over the place. I keep my life very simple right now. I don't plan much of anything, because I just don't know how the day is going to go. There has definitely been progress, but I still have a ways to go.

      You find out who your true friends are when going through this! 

      I am am glad you have finally found something that works after so many years of suffering.

      Sissy

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      Yes that's how it worked for me, and when my son was ill too he went through the same process.

      My son was off work 4 months to start with and even when he went back he struggled.  Being at work, though hard, can be good.  I remember I had days when I couldn't get out of bed to go to work, but the days I made myself it was the better decision.  Having time off though is also good if you need time to recover.  My son couldn't have gone in those months.

      I remember some days started really bad, but I'd find by the end of the day I'd get those glimpses of me.  A very strange time recovering.

      Im now strangely thankful for the experience of it all, as I was able to help my son when he became ill (he's now also recovered)!! :-). A right pair eh!

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      Have you ever felt any time during the 2 years when you felt little glimpses of 'yourself' ..... any slight relief at all?  That feeling could be fleeting.

       

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      You've been on Citalopram for 4 weeks now?  I'd say give this medicine a good few months - I used to say the same as you - will I ever recover?  I've cried bucketfuls and just felt life wasn't worth it at times, but I did recover.

      Being on this meds for 4 weeks, you probably won't feel any benefit for a while yet, and probably suffering with side effects still.  Give this medicine a go.  Stick with it, don't give up .....  When I started I thought what had I to lose.  I was amazed when I started getting better.

      Just give these meds a go. xx

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      How long were you depressed and anxious? Did you have to try several meds before you found this one helping you out?
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