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Hi there. I have found this site so helpful on other matters so I thought I would try this one. I have had a few difficult times in the last year my Dad having a stroke, my mum going into residential care as in the latter stages of Alzheimer's, my brother suffering a completely unexpected brain abscess with multiple seizures 8 months on and my our major surgery a year ago to remove a rugby ball sized fibroid and hysterectomy.
My GP put me on citalopram at the time of my Dad's stroke as I had to deal with visiting him in hospital, put my mum into care and to top it all he was moving house so I had to manage that too. My employer refused me any compassionate leave (I'm a primary school teacher - so much for the caring professions eh?) so my GP intervened and signed me off work for 3 weeks and treated me with citalopram which I have found very effective. But, just as I'm getting to the stage when I want to come off them other crises have happened. Health issues with my family have settled and I have recovered well from my surgery but I still feel overwhelmed. I teach full time, I'm mum to a 9 year old and have my parents to support. My Dad recovered well from his stroke but he and I regularly visit mum and it is heartbreaking at times. My husband works away from home a lot and I have everything to manage: my job, my son, my parents and all domestic responsibilities. I never get out to socialise and even managing to fit in exercise (diagnosed pre diabetic in May) which is essential to my blood sugar control has become almost impossible. I don't know where to turn to and I daren't give up the citalopram. Does any have any advice?
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