Ten weeks in on Citalopram 20mg

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Im just wondering if anyone can tell me if what I’m going through is normal at this stage. I’m on my tenth week now of taking citalopram 20mg, the first few weeks were really bad for me as the citalopram not only made my anxiety worse but it i couldn’t sleep neither. I was having panic attacks throughout the day and again in the night, it was awful, I did honestly feel like I’d never get through this and all the time the doctors wanted me to go up to 30mg. Well I’ve hung in there and with zoplicone to help me sleep I do feel like I’ve made some small progress. I’ve returned to work last week and even though I’m not finding it easy with working with some anxiety, I am managing. I’m not having panic attacks but I still struggle with my mind wandering and having anxious thoughts, it’s like I’m overcome with a feeling like something bad is going to happen and I’m scared.   I just don’t know if this is still normal and if I’m expecting too much to be better by now. I know some people have said on here that it can take months but it has been two and a half for me so I just don’t know. I just want this to end, I want to be back to being me again this is so hard.

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    Hi there I’ve been feeling the exact same on venlafaxine for the last 7 months it’s horrible I just want to feel normal I’m so sick of these side effects 😥

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    Hi Gemma

    I’ve been on citalopram for a total of 12 weeks now, I’ve just entered week 3 on 30mg. I feel similar to yourself, it’s like I’m getting on with ‘normal’ things but living alongside the anxiety at the same time. It’s a strange feeling, for me it’s a combination of living with my ‘old’ self again and the anxious self. I too still deal with overthinking and anxious/scary thoughts. So I’m not 100% quite there yet with recovery. I think what you’re experiencing is normal. It’s going to take a while for our mind and body to catch up. It can be frustrating but I just have to go with the recovery and try my best to keep moving forward. I’ve started doing cardio exercises again...I’ve found this helps clear my mind a little. Keep going, we’ll get there x

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    Hi,

    I also believe that what you are going through is normal. I’ve been told it could take up to 6 months. However, everyone is different. You may have to do something to help clear your mind. On your lunch break go to a quiet space and rest. I’m also going through this process of Citalopram....and what I have to keep telling myself is, this is a journey. Embrace each day. It will get better. Have faith. 😊

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    Thank you everyone, it’s so hard when I have a bad day to try not to think ‘here I go again it’s getting bad’. I just want to be able to keep moving forward but it’s hard with setbacks. I just keep wondering if I need a higher dose like 30mg or I feel I should just keep at the 20mg.😬

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