I have a 19 yr old daughter who has anxiety. She is an athlete at her college - a runner. She often gets very overwhelmed with school work and what needs to be accomplished. She gets to the point where she cry's and can't accomplish anything because it seems like too much. She becomes very stressed. Doctor recommended 20 mg of prozak. Not sure what to do. Would prozak or citalopram be better in this situation.
This is personal opinion that you may not want to hear. I would not start her on any antidepressants unless she is severely depressed. Antidepressants can have unwanted side effects, especially with younger people. One of those being suicidal thoughts & ideation. Not trying to scare anyone, but it is a reality. Look up the side effects. There are other options. Speak to a school therapist/ counselor, most college have them for free or sliding scale. Does she have peers/friends she can confide in? Her mental and physical health are important. Just knowing that it's going to be OK can bring comfort. Doctors are not trained in mental health and tend to prescribe prescriptions rather than solutions. Cutting back on obligations is not the end of the world, she could speak to the instructors if she is struggling with her class load. She could talk to her athletic coach... reach out before taking the drugs. She may not need them or they may not be the best solution for a short term issue. Options are better than pills. I wish you and your daughter the best.
There are many antidepressants that are actually prescribed for anxiety, Prozac and citalopram are two. These two are similar in that they are both serotonin reuptake inhibitors. As to which would work better, hard to say because we are each different and therefore respond differently. Your daughter may experience some side effects in the beginning which many people become discouraged and stop taking the medicine. If they can get through the first several weeks, this type medication, if it is going to work, will be noticeable in the first month or so. Medication will help with the anxiety, but your daughter may still need talk therapy or counseling to help her develop coping skills. I don't want to minimize the potential for side effects, but I do believe the doctor has weighed the benefits against the risks and deemed this necessary. Just keep your eye on your daughter as she adjusts to this new med and if there are any concerns, be sure to contact the doctor.
Hi, i was prescribed Prozac when i was a teenager and it was very successful in reducing my depression and anxiety and giving me more confidence. I took it for several years. I now take Citalopram, have done for several years again. Both medications have changed my life for the better, so i would recommend both! There isn't a huge difference between the 2, so either are worth a try...
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