My journey so far

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Hello people of the forum

Let me introduce myself first of all

I'm male 36 and live in Scotland

I've registered on here to share /

Gain some experience and help

Where I can . I'm sure we all have

Days where things just don't go well

And it seems like a never ending cycle

Of feeling down more than up

I myself was diagnosed with a panic

Disorder and some obsessional thoughts

Way back early 2000 , I've tried numerous medications and had therapy etc

For a while I was doing ok until the meds stopped working , as I was feeling panicky

Again and the gd old mind went haywire

I stopped meds altogether late 2014

Due to a bad time with mirtazapine

But I struggled day to day and now find myself on flu this is the 4rth day

I'm hoping soon that at least I can start

To feel some sort of relieve

Any info is most welcome

Any questions please do ask

As we are all in the same boat


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  • Posted

    morning daz,

    for the last 14 weeks i have gone through this journey with my daughter who was diagnosed with depression after being ill for several weeks. have a read through some old posts, it may help, and if you get side effects, dont panic, most people seem to. from day 9 i noticed an improvement with my daughter, for some it takes weeks, so stick with it, and i hope you are soon on the road to recovary. x

    • Posted

      Morning Karen thanks for the reply

      I've read through some posts and looked at other sites

      It is gd to know people are here

      To share , assure , comfort each other , in the time of need

      Somehow we will conquer this journey . I'm on day 5 now and to be honest I've not really suffered much

      Side effects , is that normal?

      Or is it to early ?

      I've felt a little nauseated, tired but that's about it , I've been off work for 5 days and the thought of returning is playing up . Hope your daughter is now feeling some sort of relieve

      And can work on that

      Also does your daughter take 20mg

      For some reason I think that's not enough for me or is it to early to tell

      Think I'm expecting results too quick

      Thanks again

    • Posted

      yes, my daughter is on 20 mg, give it time to get into your system before thinking you need a higher dose,

      not everyone gets side effects, my daughter did, but looking back she coped well, its just sweats, and not sleeping at the moment which she has.

  • Posted

    Hi daz

    I think its too early to notice any real improvements although I switched from citalopram to flu and instantly has more energy so you may get some.

    I suffered quite a few side effects but already has nausea for several months before I started which was partly why I started ssri's so I already felt dreadful. Insomnia n night sweats seem fairly common though, poss worst some time between wk 2-6. Wk 6 is when I started to improve n loose the physical symptoms n side effects.

    Around wk 14 I increased to 30mg (alternate 20/40) and the last few weeks I have felt like myself again. You may be one of the lucky ones and feel better much more quickly without many side effects but dont expect a quick fix, it can be a long hard road. I guess if you can accept it could take a while and be troublesome if things improve more quickly you can count that as a bonus rather than being disappointed if youre not getting there fast (if that makes sense??? :-) ).

    Hope you start feeling brighter soon. Reading this forum can give a great insight into what others go through and does stop you feeling quite so alone.

    Take care


    • Posted

      Thanks for a reply vix . I've been down this rd before & I also guess

      I know what it takes to recover

      I did reasonably well on paroxetine

      But they stopped working as I began

      To feel panicky & anxious again

      Then came the mirtazapine which

      Really scared me , it was so debilitating I had to stop

      I stopped meds altogether for roughly 3 months but I struggled during this time and this is where I am today

      Day 5 on flu with very little side effects " Dare I say that " lol

    • Posted

      I was like that on citalopram despite having had it once before briefly with really quick results n no side effects. Second time I could barely get out of bed! So strange!

      Hope the flu is a nice easy journey for you, just remember to be kind to yourself :-)

      Good luck



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