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I have just come across this site and I think it interesting to read other peoples coments on Citalopram and depression as a whole.
I was diagnosed with a severe case of agitated depression back in October 2006. I knew something hadn't been right with me for many months previous to my diagnosis, as I would just want to breakdown and cry uncontrollably about the slightest little thing. I suppose that I put this down to tiredness as I used to travel a lot over Europe and North America with my job, however as time went on I got progressivly worse.
I started to know the situation was becoming critical when I woke one morning to find the the blood vessels in my right eye had popped and my eye was bleeding. The next week I got up for work as usual on Monday morning only to find that I couldn't stop shaking, I was being sick, I had pains in my chest as if it was about to explode, a stutter developed and I was an emotional wreck. I went down to my GP as soon as possible that morning and he imediately could see that I was in some distress, my blood pressure was through the roof, I couldn't string a sentence together and in the end it was decided to call my mum (I did not want to frighten my wife any more than I had to) to pick me up and take me home. I was prescribed 20mg Citalopram that day, however in the coming weeks it did not seem to be completely effective. My dosage was then upped to 40mg per day and I also was prescibed Half Indranal to help with my anxiety and stuttering. After a further two weeks I started to respond to the treatment and started to feel less anxious.
Cutting a long story short, I was off my work for 6 months and when I returned to work last March, it was part time initially and I changed my role so that I do not travel much now. I also receive counselling once a week which I think helps greatly but I think it is a mixture of both Citalopram and counselling that has got me through, although there is still the propensity for dark moments, they seem to lessen as time progresses.
In summary, I guess what I am saying is that what treatment works for me will not nessecerily work for others as chemically and emotially we are all very different.
It would be nice to hear others thoughts on this.
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