I have had moderate depression for the last year combined with mild anxiety. I finally saw my GP in September and addressed these concerns with her. She prescribed me Celexa and Xanax. I filled both, but ultimately only took the Xanax (as needed) and held off on the Celexa due to the side effects and hoping my depression would improve on its own. However, events have happened in recent days that have caused my depressed to go from moderate to severe (with suicidal thoughts). Should I go ahead and start taking the Celexa or go back to my GP and ask for something that may be more effective for severe depression? At the time of my visit with her my depression was only moderate. Thanks in advance.
Any antidepressant whether Celexa or another one maybe appropriate for you. It is a trial and error sort of ordeal and you sound like you need to start the journey now not later. It will take upwards of a month for any antidepressant to reach maximum effectiveness. If you are having suicidal thoughts, then you need to start a medication asap and let your doctor know. You may also benefit from some talk therapy besides medication therapy. Don't delay, get help today.
I agree with Laurie, you need to seek help asap. Do not delay. You would most likely benefit greatly from some talk therapy as well as a depression drug. The important thing is you have stepped forward here, you now need to to take the next step and come forward with you doctor or whoever is treating you. You must be as honest as you are being here. Please update us with the results so that we can know how you do.
I also agree with Laurie & papasam, but think you need to see a physchiatrist. They are much more professional about depression meds. My husband also has these problems, & zoloft has helped him tremendously. They added wellbutrin about a year later & he is wonderful now. Has not had a suicidal thought in over 11 years! So please see a physchiatrist for your prescriptions. Also, Holidays are the worst for people with depression usually. Hang tight til you can get back in & see the doctor or start your celexa & give it some time to work. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas...
A) I'm sorry this is happening but I get it, especially over the holidays. My question is, and you can send me a private question, your age. Some of these medicines take ideations to actions. I'd go to a friends house, anyone whom you trust and wait for a call back which may not even be your own GP. Celexa is better for generalized anxiety although supposedly they all work in the same way (SSRI's), they don't. If you are late teens to early 20's, some of these meds make this worse. Personal experience, lexapro works better with depression but every med works differently with everyone.
B) I can't remember who said see a psychiatrist, ( Mary) but I whole heartledly degree. You should have an official diagnosis from a health professional specializing in this. Then your GP can refill your scripts.
C) what dosage did they start you at? You are unfortunately not going to get immediate relief today, but do agree you need to start on something ASAP.
Again, can you get somewhere safe, where you're not alone, and proceed from there. I feel so bad you are going through this but won't lie, I've held off on meds due to side effects and things unfortunately don't resolve on there own. I just hope you're not alone and have someone to talk to, if not you may consider the ER if you're ideations are getting more severe and you are in any danger of hurting yourself.
I actually discussed my decision to not take the Celexa at my follow up visit with my GP (in September) and she did not seem to have a problem with it. However, at that time my depression was not nearly as bad. I was hesitant to start the Celexa now in case there is an anti-depressant that is more effective for severe depression. I also have heard that some work better for women than for men. For reference I am a 29 year old female. I am going to make an appt. with my GP once they are back in the office. Thanks for your responses.
I know that we think depression may get better on it's own but unless it is mild it does not! I had a depression and let it go thinking the same. I was suicidal and really bad when I went to see someone he prescribe me Seroquel and that's when I became Psychoatic and I finally was admitted to hospital and was there 6 months before they had found something that worked for me. I waited too long, so now you should see your doctor again. He/she needs to access you again before you start meds for depression again since your symptoms are changed. I wish you that best in getting over the depression. I will friend you in case you would like to speak to someone who has been there.
Take care Red.
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