On 20mg citalopram for 8 months, anxiety has just shot up after a stressful event

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Hiya, I'm not new to citalopram at all. I started my third round last December after a depressive spell over winter and things seemed to improve over the last few months. However, I have recently had a really stressful event with my estranged brother (who has antisocial/ narcissistic borderline personality disorder and who made my life hell as I was growing up) getting into  contact amd threatening me and my husband. He has since apologised but the damage has been done. I've been so upset and anxious, as my brother isn't so unpredictable and prone to violence. He doesn't know where I live but I'm scared he'll find out. My anxiety has gone sky  and I'm having all these paranoid thoughts. My brother is a law unto himself and has made me so miserable. I partly blame him and partly my anxiety. I'm finding it hard to cope. Not sure whether I need to increase my dose or just try and let go of the situation. My ruminations and catastrophic thinking is driving me mad!

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    Hey Sarah. Try riding outthe storm a little while. Hopefully things will settle down. Try going for a walk or any other exercise to getyourmind ofthings. Just tell yourself this will pass. Good luck
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    Hi Lorna. Sorry I got ur name wrong!!!!  What a bozo i am. I'm sitting in the sun and my phone

    Is hard to read!!!!!!!!.good thing I double checked this time as I had written Lotna!!!!!!  Good god man

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your past struggles, I would go up a dose if I were you, then you will be more happier & determined to let go of the situation you are in, at this moment you seem to be overthinking things and causing more anxious feelings that you can't help, go up a dose, much love X chris

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    Hi Lorna 

    Dont increase your dose without consulting your doctor first..Additionally it would be well worth speaking to a psychologist about your thoughts as a good professional can assist you to modify your thoughts to become more rational and this will help the anxiety reaction. Any increase in meds can give you increased anxiety until you adjust.

    Be kind to yourself and hope you feel better soon.

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