Man i hope it kicks in

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Hey guys. I got on cit back in July 2014 for the first time ever. Before that I'd been depressed for about 3-4 years and actually being unaware of my depression, just thinking it was apart of my life or "who I was".. Until my suicidal thoughts became unmanagable and I had no other route than take my life. I spoke to my mom and we decided I'd start on took 20mg. It kicked in about 2wks and I could certainly tell a difference.

It was a world of difference. As if I felt alive for the first time in my entire life. I enjoyed things I never did, and the best i felt since i could ever remember. But later on the road the citalopran kicked me into mania and led to hospitalizations, and a diagnosis of bipolar type 1.

i got off it and tried other meds but cit is the only anitdepressant that worked for my depression last.. Now im on 20mgs again and about on my 3rd wk when it kicked in last time. But it hasn't yet and im getting worried rolleyes

Please help if anyone's got experience

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    Most folks have said "stick with it, you will be glad you did". At the moment I am in the same place you are in and yes, it is scary. One minute at a time is the very best I can commit to right now. So please hang in there and let's see what we are writing a year from now... one minute at a time.
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      Thanks Kristin. One day at a time I guess it is. I know it's about to kick in soon, just gotta give it more time. And I may have to adjust my mood stabilerz. As that's the only variable that's different from this time taking cit and last time. But who knows..
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    Thanks Kristin. One day at a time I guess it is. I know it's about to kick in soon, just gotta give it more time. And I may have to adjust my mood stabilerz. As that's the only variable that's different from this time taking cit and last time. But who knows..
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    Hi there William,

    Because of my hormones I had mania and been hospitalized and tried the bipolar on me as well as lots else.  The cit made it worse and I mean off the rictor scale.  But once I got it in to my system - got it all under control.  So know exactly where you are.

    I did a lot of research and then found a professor that came highly recommended from the pituitary organisation - in endocrinology and hormones.  As it is the pituitary that is controlling all of this.  There are lots of reasons why our chemicals become unbalanced and you need the right professor to find out what is going on.

    Can help you with a lot more if you want to get to the bottom of all of this.  Because the cit only patched and I needed my hormones balancing out.  It runs in our family, but can assure you back to my old self. 

     

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      Huh that's a different story. I've never really had much mania before the cit though. I'd just been depressed, and then once I got off cit i became really depressed again. But when taking for the short amount of time that I did I felt really good, great, but I wasn't sleeping and then soon got into drugs and alchohol which made things worse and led to my hospitaliztions..

      the hormonal issues don't run in my family. Does it help with depression? What do they do? Thje cit worked for me but now I'm trying it w/ a mood stabilizer, thinking that'll help the other side of the spectrum..

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      Hi there,

      Unfortuntately GP's are not hot on this and don't have the right information.  The pituitary organisation have all the right info on what our balances should be.  Also blood tests need to be done at certain times - otherwise false info is obtained.  Why lots of GP's don't get the right results.

      We all respond oh so differently to our hormones.  But the general rule of thumb is depression comes from not enough - and I know the pituitary organisation treat men by giving them testosterone to balance them back, normally in form of cream.  But sometimes some more indepth blood tests need doing such as thyroid, etc etc. as all interlinked through the endocrine system and hence under the pituitary.

      Yep it was acupuncture that led to my hospitalization I have always been hyper thanks to too much oestrogen but he sent me over the top and I had psychosis thanks to it.  Basically it pushes our nervous system via the brain to produce endorphins - much similar to drugs and hey presto a nice hospitalization.  This has been substantiated through the professor.

      I would imagine you are quite chemically sensitive and so it sent you from one side of the depression to hyper (mania).  I know it did me til it got competely in my system - like you 3 weeks.  Then just settled down.  But I know everybody responds dif and dif times to get it into their system and/or need a combination of meds.  I was lucky as knew it was my hormones that control our neuro chemistry and over 400 functions of our bodies. 

      I hope this helps - but if you want to get to the bottom of it a professor in endocrinology and hormones is the best place to go and the pituitary org should be able to recommend one in your area.  There is an endocrine nurse there called Alison and she is lovely.

      All the best.

      Mel X

      p.s.  This is a subject so close to my heart as lots of people through lack of info just don't get their lives back.

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      thanks for all that info Mel. I have an appt for a referel from my GP next Tuesday, planning to get into a endorinologist. I'm browsing the pit org website right now. 

       

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      Hi there at the pit org is an endocrinologist nurse you can ring called Alison she is such a lovely lady.  She recommended the professor that I am under now as it as to be an endocrinologist and hormone professor.  Whilst tracking down the one she advised me to see in my area, I missed him and got his colleague who didn't have a clue as not up the hormone side.  So don't want you to have to chase around like me.  Mine doesn't actually work for the NHS but is called in by them.

      You can ask to go and see who you like not who your GP recommends - as again they are prob. not the right one.

      Any hows if you need Alison's number have got it and if you are in the Devon / Cornwall area you can go and see the one I am under - or may be you can travel and go and see him.

      Any how's know that Alison will get you on the right track.

      Mel

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    Hi there William,

    It is because our hormones control our neuro chemistry along with over 400 of our bodily functions but they have a massive impact on our moods, etc, etc.  After what I have been through, research, training and under a professor can assure you this is a medical fact.  If you were to google it and do some research.  The book that was given to my cousins in canada, by the medical profession, because of the imbalance that runs in our family (but obviously it doesn't have to) it was done by a professor in endocrinology and their self having suffered with this so a professor in psychiatry.

    Obviously we all have issues in our lives, but the primary cause of a chemical imbalance is our hormones.

    This is a subject that is so close to my heart, hence the training I then went on to as I was always hyper which runs in our family, but controlled it by diet and exercise alone.  But then all hell broke loose as it does with a lot of woman going through their perimenopausal years etc.  (Only some of our family, not all have it).

    I hope this really helps.

    p.s. one of your postings to me has gone for moderation?  Just to reassure you I am crb checked as I actually work with and have done in the past young adults and children, etc. etc.

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