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Hey all again
Following on from my week 6 update I thought I'd post another to give you all hope. I've been suffering with anxiety/panic/depresison for 20 years on and off. Been on Seroxat previously a few times which worked good but because of the trouble (in the media etc) they are no longer an option I am or my doctor is willing consider. Starting out on Citalopram I had the usual side effects: increased anxiety, low mood, panic attacks, headaches, insomnia. After about week 3-4 on the 20mg I really noticed the depression lifting hence the anxiety was less but still a problem but it gave me a break from feeling that horrid constant 24/7 anxiety. Week 6-7 I really started noticing the anxiety lifting, most days were fine, yes I was still experiencing the aches and pains that anxiety give us, the weird symptoms but my attitude had changed. The insomnia continued to be an ongoing issue, to the point were I felt like a walking zombie. On week 8 I started all of a sudden to get my sleep back, looked like crap but at least I was a sleeping. For a few days it made me more anxious because my mind had previously been focused on lack of sleep.
I've just been away at a music festival with friends of ours and their kids (I'm 39) and actually enjoyed it. Had a few moments of anxiety and not so much sleep because of the snorers etc but I did it!!!! I still have a way to go but even 4 weeks ago there is no way I would have been able to do this. I am still getting the weird and wonderful physical pains of anxiety, my main one is pain in my oesphagus (sounds stupid I know).
So hang in there if you are starting out or half way there it does get better!!! xxx
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