Suffering from GAD been on citalopram for 3 years and feel like i am going mad

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I'm Dave, 23 from Staffordshire- I have been diagnosed with GAD back in October 2012. I was put on citalopram for my anxiety and depression. I do think they have worked wonders for the first 2 years but after I can't see any improvement. they have helped me to sleep and socialise more since I started them but I feel I'm going back down the deep black hole I was in when I started them. I'm having bad panic attacks trembling and can't sleep also got ibs on and can't stop running to the toilet. I've been to the docs he has put me on beta blockers to work aside my citalopram but im not sure about them? Im scared panicked and thinking is this what life's going to be for me at 23? I'm scared of loosing the close family I have to me and I will be on my own dealing with my anxiety and have no one here for me. I think the anxiety started from a things that happened in my childhood and some

Bullying. I don't know what to do next. Has anyone got any tips to calm down with anxiety and anything to take give my mind a rest from the worry and panic. I've tried reading And that does work now and then and also music, but I soon get fed up!! Thanks X

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    Hi Dear

    I have been suffering from GAD for over 7 years now and i even didnt know. Untill recently that I found out it is inside me and my way of thinking towards life and the pressures I was putting on myself. Just give it some times. Stop popping any sort of pills. IT is enough. NOw it is time for you to take action. My GAD started at the age of 23 and now I am a 30 year old woman, experienced and I now i know the reason for all the fears and bad things that were happening to me. Try socializing more, getting your mind off bad things. And about sleep, just sleep as much as you can. You dont have be sleeping 8 hrs a day inorder to be considered normal. Just go with life as it happens. AS IT HAPPENS. ACCEPT BAD SITUATIONS and once you see all the good things coming back to you.

    KEep up the good job.

    best wishes

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    Hi Dave,

    I have had similar issues for many years. At the point your at I think you need reassurance. From experience and what i was once told by an expert ( and the only thing that helped my mindset really) was quite simply this feelings this anxiety is very cyclical it will come and more importantly it WILL go. And it does, it's like building a tolerance to something after time you get used to the feelings and rather than installing pure fear each time you will allow the feelings to wash over you without causing as much grief.

    You will have bad periods on the flipside you WILL have good periods!

    Best of luck Dave

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    What dose of citalopram are you on, and have you tried breathing techniques to calm the anxiety. I too only recently discovered I have GAD after years of wondering why my life was not progressing along  
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    Hi Dave,

    I have had similar issues for many years. At the point your at I think you need reassurance. From experience and what i was once told by an expert ( and the only thing that helped my mindset really) was quite simply this; this feeling is anxiety and it is very cyclical it will come and more importantly it WILL go. And it does, it's like building a tolerance to something after time you get used to the feelings and rather than installing pure fear each time you will allow the feelings to wash over you without causing as much grief.

    You will have bad periods on the flipside you WILL have good periods!

    Best of luck Dave

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