Week 9 on Citalopram 10 mg

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So I was starting to feel pretty good last week. I was feeling about 7/10. And was able to brush my anxiety off. I was sleeping a lot better. I had energy. But the past 3 days I feel like I'm going down hill. Mind racing again. Feeling anxious. My biggest fear is going crazy. But I've always had anxiety since I was young. Health anxiety and GAD. I am 27 years old and I can remember worrying about things when I was 10. May be I need to increase my dose. But I'm afraid too due to side effects. I was also prescribed lorazepam as needed. But afraid to take those too.

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    Hi Daisy, I am also on 10mg and just at the end of week 10, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were really quite tough with anxiety and low mood. Bet yesterday afternoon and so far today I've felt ok. I know the temptation to up the dose and I've thought about it too. But I honestly feel with the goodish days I've had that this dose suits me and I remind myself how bad I was before I took the meds. I also have GAD which can be pretty extreme sometimes and it manifests into all the other anxiety disorders. I had a lot of depersonalisation about 3 weeks ago whilst on holiday and a panic attack before I left the airport but i managed to get away and although anxious whilst I was away, I wouldn't have managed had I not started medication when I did. I don't see Citalopram as taking anxiety away just taking the edge off whilst I can apply coping skills to deal with the rest. I'm sure I'll have more tough days ahead but I want to give it a good 3 months before reflecting on where I'm at. Stephen
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      Thanks! I just been waking up in the mornings feeling low and anxious. It's an annoying process. I really need to use to coping skills but I can never stick to them. I often tell myself this isn't fair. But life isn't fair. There's things that I've been able to do without an anxiety attack that I wasn't able to do before. So I know the medication is working. I'm just not a patient person.
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      I can really empathise Daisy, some mornings I feel like crying with the frustration but this is me fighting my anxiety and not accepting it. There are many self help books out there also that are good, we can't recommend any on this forum but you can see from reviews which ones anxiety sufferers find helpful. I desperately didn't want to be ill again but fighting it just made things worse. A wise person on here said it was 6 months before the morning symptoms were but but they were the last thing to go, so be reassured you are making progress even when it's difficult. Keep on keeping on as they say. Stephen
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