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Hi there, from reading through the various pages posted on here i felt it might be useful for future citalopram users to have a day by day diary from someone taking them.
to start with, a brief background of me and my condition:
i'm 26, have depression and i've had it since i was a young teenager. it's never really gone away but i get highs and lows ranging fom feeling passable to suicidal, to the point where i have tried to take my own life several times. when i was 17 i waas put on peroxetine which really didn't work well for me so i stopped taking it and have just 'coped' since.
recently i have been very low. usually i feel lackluster, emotionless and numb but during the last few months all ive wanted to do is lock myself in a room, turn off my phone and cry. it's even got to the point where i can't go to work or to the shops because i might have to speak to somebody.
i thought to myself, 'this is insane and has to stop' so i plucked up my courage and took myself to my GP. this was really tough for me as i've spent so many years smiling in all the right places and telling everyone i'm fine that i really had no idea how to tell the truth about how i was feeling. fortunately Dr Gibson (a GP at my practice who i had never even heard of til today) was increadibly kind and understanding and i was able to open up to her completely.
we spent a long time discussing the different options and decidided that as my depression isn't trigered by any environmental factors it's probably a brain thing so drugs are the best option. she prescribed 20mg citalopram and here is my day by day diary of how theey are affecting me.
i hope people find this useful.
(ok, so not really day 1, more like hour 2 on the 1st day)
i feel a little bit giddy and flaoty. all my muscles feel a little bit tenser and i find myself clenching my jaw a bit. also my scalp tingles a little bit but no nausea, no head-aches, no stomach cramps.
the easiest way i can describe my reactions to the pills right now is it's like taking a very mild ecstasy tablet but without the euphoria or the loving everything.
will post Day 2 tomorrow and let you all know if anything's changed.
hope you all feel better soon guys, Emma
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