I've been taking 20mg citalopram for 2/3 weeks but can't shift feeling low/suicidal?

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Excuse me for getting into details here..

So For a long time I've felt low but managed to get myself out of it, but recently it all became too much.

2 of my friends died in one night, drug over doses.

Another died the next day, suicide then the same again 2 days later. Then a week and 1/2 later another died from a Motor cycle accident.

So everything got on top of me and I couldn't take it. I had a break down and ran home and wanted to die. I was the closest I had ever been to just doing it... but I didn't I fought through it and because Of my family I went to the doctors and got help... they put me on 20mg citalopram, but they haven't helped... I haven't got any close friends that I can trust, they're all fake ???????😂 and cause me too much trouble... all I've done is go out drinking and staying out partying which isn't helping.

I want to get back on track but it's hard for me to ask for help when my family are under ALOT of stress, all my friends are not good friends and I work a lot.. I don't know what to do.

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    Hi, it will take longer than two to three weeks for the citalopram to work, it’s a slow acting drug, but drinking alcohol with it will reduce its effectiveness. I’m sorry about what’s happened to you and what you’re going through right now I’m going through a tough time also. I think you would benefit from having someone professional to talk to about what you’ve gone through because they can help you through it. I will be thinking of you and make sure you message on here if you need to talk to any of us.x
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    I agree with Gemma, I think you need to be speaking to a medical professional rather then a mental health forum, we can offer support on here but you probably need more then that
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    Sorry to hear you’re having such a rough time. I found it took about 4 weeks to feel any general affect and it may be that you need a different/higher dosage. I had a period where I was on 40mg and had to reduce to 30 as was struggling too much with side effects but found 20 was a good dose for my body and symptoms eventually (after crisis period!). 

    I think it could be helpful to seek someone professional to talk to while you’re going through this particular crisis stage of things. It will of course get better, but enduring the emotional pain while that happens is no easy task and a professional dealing with depression will completely understand this. I think you’ve done amazingly well to think so rationally and get help when feeling so affected by your depression . You’re not alone with this experience and a doctor can refer you to talking therapies specialising in depression, so it’s worth a chat with them about it. Keep taking care of yourself. 

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    You've had a really tough time :-(.

    ?I agree with the other posters that talking to a professional would be a great idea.

    ?It takes several weeks for these medications to start to work, and, in the meantime, you may find yourself feeling worse. Just remind yourself that the feelings are temporary, and that you will start to feel better.

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    Just repeating everyone else really, but it would be good for you to talk your problems through with someone face to face, as well as posting here. And it will def take longer for meds to work. You have been through a lot. Wishing for you that you start to feel some improvement soon.
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