I have had social anxiety my whole life and have suffered from depression within the past four years. I just recently went to seek help and its been a great feeling to know that people actually do care for you. I was prescribed citalpram 10mg today by my doctor and I guess I am just wondering if there are others out there who are my age and is on this medication as well? I did not want to agree at first to be put on antidepressants but I hope it all goes well.
Hi, hoferc! Bravo for you ~ you took the big step! I've never taken Celexa, but I started Lexapro (it's cousin) when I was just about your age. Both are excellent medications for both depression and anxiety.
As far back as I can remember I was so shy and nervous that I often literally got sick at the thought of a social gathering, even school and temple. Honestly, Lexapro changed my life. I'm still not the outgoing life of the party but I can handle myself very well.
Best of luck to you and stick with it. A happy life is worth it!
My best, WCV
PS, you'll find the folks here very caring. Been there, done that, you know?
Hi, i am older than you but have been taking antidepressants, on & off, since the age of 13. I take Citalopram now and it has worked wonders at improving my life. I started taking them about 4 years ago. I have had dose adjustments along the way. It is important to know that this is an option. I expect your dr will increase your dose to 20mg in time. Are you aware of the 'induction period' and possible side effects to look out for? I'm glad you have decided to give this a go. I would recommend this medication as i have seen many people benefit from it.
Good for you for being brave enough to take the risk to try something new! I am much older than you, but I am certain there are many others your age that are taking Lexapro, as well. I took Lexapro ten years ago when I was in my 30s (40mg a day), and it didn't do much for me. However, I have a severe, severe, anxiety disorder, and the SSRIs are just not cutting it at this point. I'm having some luck with rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation), and I am hoping my success continues as I go into my second week of treatment. If Lexapro is your first SSRI, don't be afraid to give it a go for a couple of months at least to see if it provides some kind of robust relief of your symptoms. If you it doesn't work for you, there are plenty of safe alternatives in the SSRI drug class to try. Hang in there. I hope Lexapro gives you some relief.
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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