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I apologise in advance, as I'm assuming a post like this has probably been written numerous times.
I'm a 25 year old guy who is pretty happy with life, minus the usual stuff; Job/ Money etc etc.
For about 5 years I've been suffering from Anxiety and Panic Attacks which has gradually gotten worse over the years, so much so, getting on the Tube was a no-go, trains proved difficult and in certain public situations I can suffer.
I finally went to the Doctors, about a year ago now, who prescribed 10mg of Citalopram and a course of CBT. I went to the pharmacist and got the medication. However, I done some reading on Citalopram [which put me right off] and haven't taken the medication. Infact the thought of it makes me feel Anxious and I know once I put one tablet in my system my Anxiety will kick in.
The CBT really helped, to an extent. I'm now able to go on transport, although, for example, when a tube/ train stops in between stops I really struggle still. I learnt different techniques to handle the anxiety but I feel that this is subsiding and I'm slowly slipping backwards. When I'm in public, and at work, I feel very anxious which brings on weird twitches and noises which people notice [They think I'm on drugs]. I know I'm doing this which makes things worse for me.
Anyway, I've had enough and I want to now start taking my medication. I’m desperate to go on a holiday with the missus which I haven’t done in years as the thought of flying is terrifying. I'm nervous as anything.
I guess the reason I'm writing is because a) I feel pretty desperate; b) I would be very grateful to hear of other people's problems/ solutions/ experiences and c) does it really work??
I have a good social life, which usually involves drinking. Yes I can cut out alcohol, but usually once every two weeks, sometimes less, me and large group of friends go to Football and have all day drinking sessions. They're so much fun I don't want to stop this. I'd happily cut out booze on the usual Friday nights out or the quick one waiting for a train home on a rare basis but going on football trips is massive to me.
Would a heavy session once a fortnight affect me at all on 10mg?
Once again, I apologise if this post is constantly repeated and sorry for rambling on abit! Any advice or information big or small would, honestly, be hugely appreciated!
Thanks for reading.
All the best,
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