I'm 17 and have unprescribed citalopram, HELP?

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Hey,

reading this headline you must've been like wtf, its obvious. Just dont take them.

However, i'll explain myself.

I'm 17 and feel sucidial, depressed and at times i have self harmed, i try to restrict what i eat so that it gives me something to concentrate on but often fails due to ridiculous targets, and have been this way for a long time.

I can't talk to parents or friends.

I tried to tell my doctor just once, but she didnt really get the jist or the depth of it because im quite shy and i was scared about telling her.

So i find some citalopram 40mg, in date obviously, i think they were my brothers gf or something.

And i really dont want to face telling the doctors how i feel tbh.

So im cosidering taking these tablets, maybe just half a tablet a day as seen as most of you on here dont take such a high dose.

I'm sure it'll help, but im a little sceptical for obvious reasons.

maybe i'll just try a few weeks and see how it goes.

I'm sure apart from the obvious side effects, it wont do any damage.

Any advice would be helpfull.

Thanks alot

Steph xx

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    Hi Steph, I am going to sound like a old mother but you really should not take the pills they have horrible side effect all of us on this site have side effects in one way or another and 40mg even 20mg will make you feel really bad. And you cant just stop taking cit you have to be weaned off them and as you dont have a prescrition you cant get ant more once the one you have run out.

    I would advise you go back to you GP and stress how ill you are and get the right help for you if the GP wont help you try an NHS walk in centre.

    I do hope you get the help you need, but please dont take these pills.

    Marie

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    Hi mate,

    Don't bother with them. Chances are they'll be more hassle than they're worth, especially at your age. I'm not being patronising, just honest, cos I kinda know how you feel.

    That said; eveyone is different, some meds (even cit) might work for you. But only if you do them as prescribed - you may need additional meds/therapies as well (or none at all). Please talk to pros, even over a phone if you are shy. Take care honey.

    Love, Adsee

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    Hi steph, i highly recomend u dont take the pills. I now it probably feels like a quik fix but with most ads it can take up 2 4 weeks 2 start workin and like some1 has already said they are not on script and u have 2 be weaned of them, and also not all ads work 4 every1 and u could have a bad reaction 2 them. Can u not wright down how ur feelin and give it 2 ur GP or mayb print of ur post u have posted and take it. I no its not easy but once u get over that first hurdle it will b a huge relief and if ur GP dosnt no how u feelin she/he cant treat u. Good luck and take care.
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    Steph

    The advice is unequivocal. Do not take the drugs.

    Any Antidepressant should only be taken when properly prescribed by your GP. Not only might you suffer side effects from the pills, like nausea or headaches, they can, in the short term, actually increase suicidal ideation (thoughts of killing yourself).

    In short, they may actually make you feel worse.

    You need to talk to your GP or a medical professional. If you are scared or frightened to express yourself, is there a family member or a close friend that could go with you to explain?

    You have an illness that needs proper medical care and support. Please, do, go and get exactly that.

    Kind regards.

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    Hello,

    Please do not take the tablets, i'm on a low dosage of 10mg and the side effects were just as bad as someone on 40mg.

    The advise about writing your feelings and thoughts down for your dr are spot on. As someone said earlier they don't start to work straight away.

    It took 4-6 weeks for mine to kick in.

    Take care and please see your gp

    michele x

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    Hey,

    Thanks for everyones replies, really appreciated.

    I know really what i should do, and these pills aren't the answer.

    Saying this, i took them for the past 2 days just to test the water, and i seem fine, maybe a little happier than usual.

    However, i am going to throw the pills away.

    I am not stupid, and if my mother found out i think she'd be devestated.

    I cannot talk to a close friend or parent, but i'll be fine.

    I really cant see a doctor, i am too shy and i feel like such a fraud, people get cancer and stuff and feeling a little depressed, is the least of anyones worries.

    Maybe its just a late teenage thing or something and hopefully pass over in time...

    Thanks again.

    Steph

    x

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    Hi steph, why would your mother b devistated?. U r not a fraud and depression is an illness, if it goes untreated it will only get worse. It is a very scary and lonley ilness and i think im speakin 4 alot of suffers when i say we have all said \"i will b ok there r others worse of than me i can do it on my own \" the truth is it is extreamly hard some days impossible and u dont have 2. There r alot of people out there with deppression and we r all in the same boat its nothin 2 b ashamed of. It may not b as bad as it seams and just talkin 2 your GP he/she bay b able 2 put your mind at ease and point u in the right direction (i no u said u r shy and find it hard but as a sufferer and told nobody or asked 4 help untill 3 years ago it only gets worse and believe me u dont want 2 go down that road) i do believe i would not of been as bad as i was if i had got help sooner. Do u feel u could ring some1 like the samaritans they dont no who u r and its confidential, posting on here was a couragous move and i applaude u 4 that well done u, a 2nd well done 4 u to say u r havin problems it takes a strong person 2 do that, i was never able 2 do that at 17 keep in touch and think seriously about getting help please. :hug:

    PM me if u want.

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    Hi steph, why would your mother b devistated?. U r not a fraud and depression is an illness, if it goes untreated it will only get worse. It is a very scary and lonley ilness and i think im speakin 4 alot of suffers when i say we have all said \"i will b ok there r others worse of than me i can do it on my own \" the truth is it is extreamly hard some days impossible and u dont have 2. There r alot of people out there with deppression and we r all in the same boat its nothin 2 b ashamed of. It may not b as bad as it seams and just talkin 2 your GP he/she bay b able 2 put your mind at ease and point u in the right direction (i no u said u r shy and find it hard but as a sufferer and told nobody or asked 4 help untill 3 years ago it only gets worse and believe me u dont want 2 go down that road) i do believe i would not of been as bad as i was if i had got help sooner. Do u feel u could ring some1 like the samaritans they dont no who u r and its confidential, posting on here was a couragous move and i applaude u 4 that well done u, a 2nd well done 4 u to say u r havin problems it takes a strong person 2 do that, i was never able 2 do that at 17 keep in touch and think seriously about getting help please. :hug:

    PM me if u want.

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    Thanks alot shadow.

    Yes i think your right, i think i'll phone someone or something.

    And my mum would start blaming herself and stuff and i really cant be dealing with stuff like that, i dont want to upset her.

    But really, thankyou so much.

    I'll let you know how i get on.

    Steph.

    x

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    Nobody is 2 blame its an illness we dont ask 4 it just like any other ilness but u cant c depression. There r leaflets and information u can pick up in chemists ect and they r free and no1 needs 2 no they r 4 u. They my help u understand and tell wot help is out there 4 u. Good luck
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    Hi steph, you mentioned that people have cancer are more important than people with depression.

    Well the reason i'm on these tablets is because my dad was diagnosed with cancer again early this year.

    For the past 4 years our family have pulled together and supported my dad. My mum has been amazin and i wouldn't have been able to get through it without my amazing husband and kids.

    Anyway i'm gabbing on as usual smile what i'm tryin to say is that everyone is important, wether you've got depression, cancer or like me panic attacks and anxiety.

    Look after yourself

    michele x

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