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Hello! I've decided to write this post as I feel that there is not enough positive stories out there about Citalopram for anxiety. I am 21 years old.
I had my first panic attack on the 8th October and it was the scariest moment of my life. I've always been a worrier but this was something else. Once the panic had passed I was petrified of it happening again which then brought on more and more. I didn't sleep for days as the worry was so bad. I couldn't concentrate on anything and couldn't go to work.
I went to the doctors and she prescribed diazepam and citalopram (10mg). The diazepam did nothing and I continued to get worse.
The only way I could imagine the thoughts and worry going was to not be here anymore (even though I would never have it in me to myself) my mum phoned a therapist and booked me an emergency appointment for a week later, but for anyone suffering with anxiety, even a minute feels like a year. Anyway...after a week I upped my citalopram to 20mg as I was running out of ideas and I was out of control.
I am now on week 6 of citalopram and I've seen a CBT/schema therapist for 5 weeks. I can honestly say that when I first started taking it, I was ready to give up. I felt horrendous! The anxiety got worse and every day was a struggle. After week 4 I saw a huge improvement though and the tiredness and sickness passed.
I feel like I am now on the right track and with both the medication and therapy I'm going to get better. That's the hardest part...believing it's going to be okay.
I really hope that this can help people as citalopram has really helped save my life! I have no intentions of coming off it any time soon as it's helping me so much!
Please please please stick with it! It's hard, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and 6 weeks ago I never thought I'd see it!
I'm back at work and starting to enjoy life again! It's the best thing I've ever done so I would recommend this drug to anyone!!!
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