Positive Citalopram Story!

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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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    Good for you liz957. It really helped me too X I,m grateful for that. For some people like me , after many years it stopped working  X I guess that,s where the trouble starts X why I,m on this thread X it,s helping me enormously.

    Go well X how wonderful your life will be from now on.

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    Hi Liz 

    Well done ! So good to hear this story. It has had the same effect on me too and took about the same amount of time but for others it could take longer. I'd like to say to all the sufferers out there it will take time to kick in but keep persevering.All will be well and keep posting with your progress! 

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    Now and again we get a positive testimony to lift us and thank you Liz you have done just that!

    Good luck with your recoevry and just remember now and again you may, just may, get a moment, a time, a day when you don't feel to brill, but I think you are on a very good track!

    Thanks again,




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