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I just wanted to post something to help / support all of the patients and partners out there.
My husband turned to anti depressants around 2 years ago, he started on citalopram.
To say it changed him was an understatement, he became completely withdrawn from me, would not talk, spent evening after evening on his phone, messaging other people, taking him further away from me, he was suddenly out every weekend until all hours, and he stopped talking to his parents who he had been previously really close to.
after 14 years together i lost my best friend, soulmate and partner.
I finally got him to talk when i said i was moving into the spare room, he said our marriage was in big trouble, had been for a couple of years apparently and that we had no future - wow, i felt like i had been hit by a bus.
He moved out around 6 months after he started the meds.
We have an 11 year old daughter who was my rock, and who blamed herself for what happened, our relationship is solid now as a result.
He came off the meds and eventually went on something else, i dont know what, but he couldn't let go and spent the next 12 months messaging me daily, he realised what he had lost and wanted to come back.
I said he needed to sort his head out as i could not put my daughter or myself through such heartache again.
After 18 months away, he is now on Mirtazapine, and he moved back in, i thought he was better and back to his old self.
I wish i could say that it was a happy ending, but i feel like history is repeating itself.
He has again become withdrawn from me, stopped talking, though cant go out because of Covid19 and spends his time on his phone again, and his moods are very up and down.
I don't know what the future holds for us, i am trying to cut him some slack, i know he is not well.
But for my own well being and that of my daughter, this forever changed man is not the person i met and fell in love with all of those years ago and i have to think of my own happiness.
So, if you are the patient, read this and think about how your partner could be suffering too, and if you are the partner, know that you are not to blame, and you are not alone.
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