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Well I've been googling stuff on the internet wanting to find out whether Citalopram is likely to keep improving my mood over time and the answer is yes.
This has been really encouraging for me because although I have experienced an improvement in mood and my anxiety has definately reduced, I do not feel back to my normal self. Still feeling a bit low at times.
In layman's terms this is because people who suffer with depression have low levels of serotonin. When you take SSRIs it stops your body reabsorbing the serotonin it produces. This allows it stay in your system longer but the bit I was really pleased to hear is that the reason why it does not immediately improve mood is because the body needs receptors to receive the serotonin and people who suffer with depression have less receptors, making it harder for the serotonin to be taken up by the body. What SSRIs do over time is enable the body to produce more receptors allowing your body to receive more serotonin.
Just wanted to share because it explains why you need to give them a fair trial and also stay on them for a long time if you don't want a relapse. You need to ensure that the antidepressants have enabled your body to produce more receptors.
This is my 3rd episode of anxiety/depression. The first time was PND and I stayed on the antidepressants for 2 years and it didn't reoccur for 10 years. The second time I stayed on them 3 months as I recovered quickly but the depression/anxiety returned within 18 months, so I will be staying on them this time for at least 2 years. I'm on 20 mg of Citalopram now but will think about dropping down to 10 mg after about 6 months. I've only been on them 10 weeks.
Hope you find this information helpful - It made me feel much more hopeful.
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