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I've posted this before a couple of years back but here's a laymans guide to what happens when we first start taking citalopram.
You take your first pill and immediately there is more serotonin, the feel good hormone available in your brain, so why do I feel crap?
The answer is receptors, at first your receptors see more serotonin available and say, Hey! there's too much serotonin here and release less to where it is needed, this is why you get side effects and feel worse.
After repeated dosing for several weeks sometimes less in some people, the receptors see this increased serotonin as normal and become desensitised, they give up the fight and slowly start releasing serotonin to where it is needed and slowly we start to feel better.
Once you begin to feel better this then feeds off itself and recovery comes.
Last year I upped my dose in the middle of March, 12 weeks later I was fully recovered. Most of the improvements came in the last month. One thing to look out for is sleep, when your natural sleep quality improves then recovery is not too far around the corner.
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