I've been on Citalopram for about 6 months now, as treat...

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I've been on Citalopram for about 6 months now, as treatment for depression etc. (I've been medicated for depression for just under 10 years.)

Lately I've been going through cycles of lows and then a few days of mad energy, restlessness, wanting to start projects, read about new things, learn new things and then I switch back to vacant and can't be bothered. This seems to be getting worse not better on Citalopram.

Anyone else experiencing similar things?

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    Hi, I know just how you feel. I've been on Citalopram for nearly four months now and have experienced a lot of what you are saying. I've reduced my dosage down from 20mg to 10mg and am feeling slightly better. I am going to wean myself off them. Doc has discovered I have an under active thyroid and I started medication last week. I don't know if I'm being a guinea pig or what but sometimes I don't even know whats going on with me as the Citalopram has affected my memory and concentration terribly, I can't focus at all. I hope things get better for you.

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    Yes! My short-term memory is terrible too. For example, my partner will ask for my opinion on something and minutes later i have no recollection of the conversation. Worrying because i hadn't realised it was happening until he pointed it out. No wonder my work is suffering (!)

    Glad to hear you're a bit better now you've reduced the dosage. I'm on 40mg but on reduced levels i'm a weeping mess so looks like i might have to give it another few motnhs and hope things improve.

    Good luck with the new treatment.

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    Hi Leah,

    I was also weeping when I reduced my dosage and didn't know what was happening to me. I am not weeping now that I'm on 10mg but my anger, frustration has returned and I'm so upset cos I've started ranting and raving at the children. i can't seem to win, I feel a mess. I'm on medication for my thyroid, I don't know what to do. I am waiting for Doc to return from his holiday next week cos I feel I don't know where I'm going. All the best.sad

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    I was prescribed citalopram three months ago by my GP for severe depression, which had followed a period of stress related symptons. I've persevered for this time because my GP is great and wanted me to, but I've now weaned myself off (I didn't actually have any side effects coming off) because of the side effects of poor memory, poor concentration, physical pains, bowel disturbance ( a nice way of saying excessive flatulence!) I had good days, when I could do garden jobs for a couple of hours, but these alternated with bad days when I just sat and stared for hours and generally grotty. I'd previously found prozac helpful,so I'll ask for that. The Mind site was useful in saying that citalopram has the shortest half life of all SSRIs which means its through the system very quickly, prozac has the longest, so coming off or missing a dose is less troublesome. No I'm not a prozac rep, I'm a Mental Health Worker. Best wishes, but do try something else.

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    I have also been on citalopram for 6 months and am experiencing similar to you. I was starting to feel like my 'old self' last month and i am now feeling just as i did before i started taking it. I am having increasing suicidal thoughts again...and i don't want them....i am also having days where i am really good and want to do everything, and then the next day i am back in the pits again. The thing is my life is probably the best it has been for about 27 years, my children have all grown up and are brilliant!!! So why is my mind behaving like this?

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    I agree with Kim's coment above. I have been on citalopram for the past 7 months and things were greatly improved. Since the last week the black cloud has returned, lack of interest in going out , reading. I am socially withdrawn and irritable with my son. I do not want to feel like this, and just before I wanted to review the dose, reduce next week with my GP and think of weaning off.I do not know where this has come from, but I hope I can hang in there as I cannot see a lot of hope in much at the moment, except my son is only 5 yrs and needs me.

    I do not understand the sudden worsening in mood when all was going so well.?? Anyone else had this!?

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