missing work due to anxiety. citalopram

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I have been on new meds for about 3-4 weeks now. Something put me down on the couch for a long time. Has this happened to anyone else? Hope i dont lose my job. worried. Thanks citalopram

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    Hi Gary

    It took me about 3-4 months to start feeling the benefit of this type of meds and was recovered by 6 months (that was after 15 years of being ill)!

    Whilst you're recovering you'll be up and down for a while.  Some days the anxiety will be real bad, others it'll feel like you're better.  Seems this is the normal path on this meds and to recovering.  You'll have some weeks where you'll be feeling great, then wham something hits you and you'll feel like you're back to square one again.  That's perfectly normal, and it'll get easier in time and it'll all ease off.

    Your job should be secure with any illness.  Remember this is an illness just as any other, and you should be allowed time to heal.  Chat with your employers, making sure they understand you're ill and you're recovering.  It's difficult for some to understand that anxiety and depression isn't just feeling sad etc, and it isn't all in the mind - it's an actual physical illness that is quite terrifying at times.

    It's a long rocky road to recovery, but hang on in there, it gets easier.

    K x

     

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      Thankyou Kate. This was exactly the response i was looking for. I needed this. Its sooo up and down. My job is very stressful. Just no way I could do it. I actually went back a couple times and tried. Just overwhelmed. Gettn better tho. Thanks again and i hope you are well.
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      Yes thanks, I'm well.

      Its hard going to work when you're feeling unwell like this.  Motivation is zero, emotions are high amongst a whole host of other things.

      Can you talk to your employers about the stress in your job?  They're responsible for your well being, and if stress is playing a key role in you feeling ill, then they should be doing something to help.  Maybe you could something less stressful whilst you recover?

      Its such a horrible illness to have, and yes completely overwhelming at times.

      Just keep on with the meds for a long time.  You'll find yourself again.

      K :-)

       

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      Thankyou Kate for your support. Means a lot. I will talk to my employers. Pride gets the best of me sometimes. I think I put to much on my plate lol. Im fortunate to have gone a long time with no needs for meds until this year. Im 36 yrs old.  Thanks again.
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      It can difficult talking about it though can't it.  Luckily with TV ads this illness gets more recognition now, and people are more open about it more.

      Im sure your employers will understand, and at least some of the worry will be taken away so you can have more space to recover.

      K x

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    Hi Gary. Like previous pewople said unfortunately you will have ups and downs so hopefully this won't effect you too long. I took 20mg for 2 months and felt absolutely fine on them, happiest I had been in years. Then one day completely out of nowhere it was like I hit a wall running, I just couldn't get out of bed and stop crying. And I haven't recovered as yet from this and are trying to get treatment. So I wanted you to know it has happened to others and that maybe informing work of your difficulties may ease your worries about losing your job and again speak to your GP about what has happened and they will try find you a better course of treatment.
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