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Wouldn't be nice if we ccould hear from people who have posted six months to a year ago and see how they progressed on this journey?

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    Hi lynda

    Yes that would be good,it would certainly give me the strength to carry on this journey.

    jean x

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    well girls I was a regular here in October 2013 and the support helped me get thru the worse time of my life, Citalopram gave me normality back, and I rarerly get anxiety now. no depression either, a complete change back to normality. I doubt i will ever want to come off them, as never want to go back there, but yes there is light at the end of the tunnell, so i say persevere you will make it as so many others on here have.

    stay strong 

    Anne xx

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    Hi Lynda/Jean, not quite 6 months but I'm just about to enter my 4th month on citalopram. The first 3 weeks were awful I thought I'd made a terrible mistake starting them. But honestly from then on, every week life just got a tiny bit easier. It took some time but now the hell I went through with anxiety towards the start of the year really does feel like a distant nightmare. I feel like a normal human being again. So keep pushing on and take each day as it comes, hopefully you will wake up one day and realise everything just looks a little bit brighter smile
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    Yeah Lynda that would be brill.

    I'm going to stay on these forums and try and keep in touch plus to help others because I've found comfort coming on here and knowing I'm not alone.

    How can we all stay in touch?

    Shazzer. X

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    Hi Lynda

    I have been taking Citalopram now for 12 months.

    The first couple of months were very hard....I spent most of my time crying and shaking...I sobbed like I had never done in my life every day for weeks and I truly thought I would never get 'me' back again 😞

    im sure you will see how bad I was if you read my old posts!

    Thank the Lord I can say I DID get better .....with medication lots of tests and time and now I feel as though that was all some kind of bad dream!

    It turned out my trouble stemmed mainly through hormones.....a very low oestrogen level ......so I am now taking HRT and feel absolutely fine

    I am still taking Cit 20mg and Propanolol also and the combination seems to work .......phew! 👍

    I am looking at reducing my dose of Cit before too long .....but will do it slowly as don't want to rock the boat too much ......I want to continue to be calm and happy whatever it takes!

    I hope you find your peace .......it's there somewhere!

    Good luck and my very best wishes x

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    Wasn't on here when I first started on my journey, as there wasn't an internet then :-)

    I first became ill in 1979 and there weren't any SSRI's so was put on regular anti depressants which didn't really help.  I was ill on an off for the following years until I started SSRI's 20mg around 1997 ........ then I recovered!!  I've been well ever since.

    It was a tough journey and it probably took 3-4 months before I started noticing anything and a good 6 months before I felt completely well and improved even more after that.  During recovery I'd have good days followed by bad days, then good weeks with more bad days/weeks and finally good months with the occasional bad day or week.  I was up and down for months and months, with mornings being my worst ...... until finally I noticed I'd wake up and feel all warm and cosy and then knew those dreaded mornings were over.

    These meds aren't a quick fix overnight ....... a broken leg takes time to heal, and so does depression.

    Keep persevering to all of you still of this journey ..... you'll get there - it's so worth it!

    K xx

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    Hi Lynda

    i used to post on here 12 months ago and had a great deal of support from Sleepy Crow and Pamela. Like them I am completely recovered no anxiety or depression but it was a difficult time for me too. I think it took a good eight weeks before I stopped shaking and crying and then I gradually felt better in the mornings and could stay in bed and feel relaxed.

    i am still on citalopram but my specialist is going to reduce the dose soon. I can honestly say that this drug has been a life saver for me and feeling really well again.

    be persistent and hang in there I never thought I would be free of anxiety but I am and truly enjoy life family and friends again.

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      Hi felis

      That's really encouraging to know, like Lynda  I to was interested to know how people had progressed through this journey and how they had coped.I started on med 12weeks ago and have had a real rollercoaster ride of emotions but I suppose it's early days for me but knowing other people have got their lives on track gives me a boost.

      jean x

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      Hi Jean 

      so pleased to hear that I have given you some encouragement.12 weeks in I was wondering if I would ever feel completely at ease again but it did eventually settle me (the medication) and feel really well. I have gained about 2 kegs in weight but that is a small price to pay for being anxiety free.

      Anytime I can help you , just post I can really empathise because I've been there. Big hug Jean

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