The road is long, but improvement feels good

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After what feels like a lifetime of side effects and then nothing, I think things are looking up. Had a great day today, and I haven't said that in a while, particularly on a Monday. I have counted hours, days and weeks. Like everyone else I have questioned my dose and the medication on many occasions and felt like giving up a million times. To everyone who encouraged me to keep going and give it time, thank you, because it does get better in its own good time. I have no doubt that there will be ups and downs to come, but hey, I think I'm going to make it! Yes it really has taken 20 mg this long to start to work on my head , so keep at it during the early weeks. I hope everyone is letting a little more light in every day. Lee.

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    Hi Lee I'm glad your actually getting nothing better than hearing about the light. . I'm thinking of asking my dr for this tomorrow ..as coming off mirt..how long has it took to make you feel better ? Be grateful for any info good & bad x
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      Hi Sharon, this is the second time on Cit for me. I tried Mirt but was zonked all day, so that didn't work for me. I didn't find it particularly easy getting onto Citalopram, and the nausea, increased anxiety and loss of appetite got me down. Continued working while starting cit, and had lots of wonky days and ended up here being reassured that it would get better. It has taken time, but finally I am feeling positive changes, and still have some way to go. For me Citalipram was the better Med. Chat to your dr and get medical advice. And like everyone says, practice patience. Good luck and let us know how you get along. Amazing supportive group. Lee.
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      Thanks so much Lee I will do.. I'm off the hospital tomorrow for my usual appointment. There's only a small choice of meds in UK as she annoyingly pointed out to me last time.. Iv had sertraline (made me yawn alday & want to sleep) before the mirt.. I have problems sleeping too.. so it's so hard & I dread having to ask to try something else .. I cnt seem to find anything 😕
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      Perhaps mention the Cit if you haven't tried it and it is available. We are all so different, so I hope you find your Med. Let us know. Lee
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    How long were you depressed? I have been depressed and anxious for 2 years. I need encouragement
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      Michelle, I was depressed for about 18 months. Had been on cit for a year about 5 years ago. My depression reared its ugly head in the form of debilitating anxiety. When I eventually surrendered and saw a professional I was prescribed 10mg for a month, but took it for 6 months and anxiety never really went away. Upped to 20mg in early December 2015., and only starting to feel the positive effects now, although many feel better sooner. I was reluctant to take Meds initially but have made peace with that and am finding my feet again. I am sure you will too. Stick to the dose prescribed and ease into it accepting that it is not a silver bullet that works overnight. Feel better soon x Be encouraged, it does work slowly! Lee.
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      Did you have to learn to push into your life to help you heal? I have not been able to function or work for 17 months. Did you have to try several meds
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      Michelle,I didn't try anything other than Brintellix and Mirt. Neither were good for me. Yes, I had to push through some hideous days at work, but it was possibly a good thing for me as I had a reason to get out of bed and be productive in my own muddled way. Spent time splashing my face in the bathroom during panic attacks! It's was dreadful, but I made it and I'm nothing special. I do believe keeping busy gives you perspective and distracts your mind for part of the day. Have you ever thought about volunteering somewhere for a few hours a week to get you back into the swing of things. Just less time to focus on your own feelings. May be a good idea to push yourself when you can. Many days my body said NO to work, and I pushed because I couldn't stand the thought of lying around feeling sorry for myself. So yes, you do have to take bold strides when you least feel like it. Do it when you're ready and do it for you. Lee.
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      I'm scared Lee. I h ase been on so many meds over the past 20 months. I am afraid that I won't ever recover from this.

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      Michelle, you need to work with your doctor to find the right Med or combo. There are many different groups of drugs. You will recover Michelle. Have you been on Citalopram , and if so for how long? Never give up hope. We are all different in the way we react to medication. Keep trying, be brave and see a professional who will guide you back to good health. Lee.
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