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Hi I've written on here a few times, and I've been on 20mg of cit for just about 10 weeks now, the panic attacks have subsided which was my main concern. OCD was starting so slow down a lot but it seems to be picking back up again. My mood feels really low, I am constantly getting anxiety because of how scared I am about my sadness if that makes sense. Even before the medication I didn't think like this and I wasn't as sad as I am. I am not sure if I should just keep waiting or if I should increase or get a whole new med.

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    I'm on day 12 and today was the lowest I've ever felt... I'm on it for anxiety my doctor said it's side effects xx
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    Hi. Sorry you're feeling this way. I've been on 20mg for 10 weeks and after 4 weeks felt great but this last week I've been feeling off and not very positive. My stomah tightness etc has come back and it's really getting to me. The therapist said it's just a blip so I'm sticking with it for now in rhe hope it will get better.
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    Recovery in these meds Dylan often comes in waves, so what you're feeling at the moment is quite normal.  You start to feel progress only to feel bad again.  This pattern will repeat itself through recovery, each time getting better until all side effects disappear.

    Just keep going - 10 weeks it's a long way, but can still be early days for some.

    K x

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      That helps me too as I'm in a bit of a blip at the moment. 10 weeks and had felt great but dipping this week and my stomach is really off too. Worrying I won't get out of it but am reassured it will pass. X
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      Understanding what happens helps a lot :-)  Don't know why we get these blips, and they do confuse people into thinking they're I'll again or their meds aren't working, so either up their dose or change meds.  This then delays everything, and inevitably they often still go through the same process.

      They're weird meds - we don't just gradually get better like taking a headache pill and that's it, but instead we get this up and down yo-yo process which is annoying.  Every time you get a blip, remind yourself it's normal and part of recovery - in fact having them shows the meds are working.

      Just keep persevering ....... it does get easier xx

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      Thank you.

      How long can these blips last? I woke up this morning really anxious for the first time in ages. My stomach is very off too which is a sign of anxoety for me. And how do you get through these blips as I feel horrible now and don't want to get myself all worked up. X

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      They seem have no set time to how long they last.  Can be a few days or can be a few weeks.  Sometimes if you've you've feeling well, tiredness or some slight stress can make a blip happen ....... no telling when they come.  I found the best way to cope with them was to relax towards them - let them be there (I know, really hard when all you want to do it run).  Accept they'll come, understand and believe they will go, trust in the meds and try going about your day in a more relaxed approach - drive slower, walk slower, float along, get to bed early, eat well, socialise if you can, take some daily exercise ie walking.  Don't keep checking if it's still there (it will be) ..... and above all, don't give yourself a time constraint by wanting it to go by a certain date, as it'll make you tense and often disappointed.

      I used to wake every day with dreadful anxiety and sometimes couldn't summon up the courage to go to work ...... but the days I did I found it was better than being at home.  I found that however the day started, it didn't mean it would be like that all day, as usually gh the evening I'd feel quite good.  Of course the next I'd wake again with that awful anxiety.  Each the anxiety would ease by the evening, and as the weeks went by this would increase so I'd feel OK by early afternoon, then morning.  The days I started waking with no anxiety was when I knew it had gone.

      My son also went through exactly the same as me 2 years ago and it took longer for him to recover, but I saw how he went through the same pattern of recovery as I'd done 20 years earlier.

      I thought I was the only one to suffer like this (it wasn't something you talked about when I was first ill) and never thought I'd ever recover from it as couldn't see a way out.  When I recovered it was like someone had turned the lights back on for me.

      It'll happen for you too xxx

       

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