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I've been put on 20mg of citalopram after the suicide of my brother 7months ago. I have been on it for a month and feel worse, no appetite, sickness, diarrhoea and a general feeling of dread and panic as soon as I wake up. I know mine is a culmination of traumatic grief but I just want to get rid of the panic as its so debilitating and makes my thoughts race, negatively! Anyone got any similar experience or advice please?

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    Jane sorry to hear about your brother, please stick with the citalopram it will help you lose these panic and anxiety feelings that I know are so bad, it took me about 7 weeks to feel the benefits, but boy is it worth it, to feel normal again. have a look at other Citalopram pages as you will get support there too, also no one will understand like the people on here whom have experienced this awful feeling, but I promise it will get better. 

    Stay strong, stick with the citalopram, I started on 20mg for 2 months then went to 40mg and I have never looked back, I never want to go to that place again.

    Take care,

    Anne confused

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    Hi Jane

    I agree with Ann. A month in is still very early days. I am so dreadfully sorry about the passing of your brother. I realise how very significant the trauma must be on you and your family.

    Citalopram will help you immensely, but you do need to give it more time. For some reason anxiety is heightened when first taking citalopram, but it will definitely pass. I lost loads of weight due to zero appetite and nausea. This too will pass once your depression starts to lift.

    It will also take time to heal from losing your brother Jane, although you will never forget or totally lose the pain, it will become bearable, and the intense pain will give way a bit to allow you to revisit and cherish those lovely memories of him.

    my prayers are with you. You will come through this, force yourself to eat something daily. I know it's hard. Consider a protien shake and a banana. I lived on this diet for weeks!

    God bless x

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      Hi Jane

      please keep in touch ♥ so glad you have got a protein drink. Force yourself to get regular proteins this will help your recovery xxx

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    My brother also committed suicide ! I understand your pain and your situation ! In addition , prior to suicide , he decided to make with my 2 grandparents. I lost three people in the same day. I also take the celexa and I think I 'll take a lifetime.Leave a little time to make the celexa effect. I reached a welfare after six weeks of treatment.

    Take care!!

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    Yes, I have had similar experiences of panic, anxiety, and fear especially through tough times in my life. And, these attacks seem to come and go despite the events that were trauamatic have left. For me, I have tried: Lavender aromatherapy, Herbal teas: Chamomile, and lavender tea, Ginger tea for nausea, Accupressure mat for relaxation, Tuning Forks (for balancing energy), Cupping Therapy for detox of toxins in body, Journaling, Mandala Coloring, Music Therapy (anything relaxing), Affirmation Cards (amazon sells some positive affirmation cards), Breathing techniques, Yoga, Prayer, Speaking with others, Vitamins and Supplements to keep body nourished, and diet change (maybe remove one junk food that doesn't serve you anymore, or just eat less of it rather than cut it out completely). I hope this helps you. Take care.
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      Hi Joy

      Thanks for your reply. I too have tried NLP, TFT, homeopathic remedies, etci am going to ring my doctor today as I'm really struggling with the lack of sleep and have resorted to alcohol and ssleeping pills which aren't working either. I know its not good for me but I feel quite desperate at the moment. Just started drinking protein shakes as I'm just not hungry at all. I think if I could sleep it would make a difference but its a vicious cycle. Apart from that I'm fine!

      Jane

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    Hi. Sorry to hear about your horrible time. The citalopram would start to help soon but you are grieving and only time would help that as it is a natural feeling that anyone would feel. Have you tried talking therapy? Maybe that would help you deal with the feelings that you may be keeping hidden from others.

    Hope you gave a better year this year, you deserve it xx

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