I’m on day 5 of restarting 10mg of citalopram after 6 months off. Was on it for 4 years and it worked well for my GAD and health anxiety but after I stopped my IBS came back and I slowly relapsed into depression and anxiety. The anxiety has gotten 100x worse since starting and I’m having lots of physical effects and negative thoughts. I don’t remember it being this bad last time. Foolishly went on google and read all about how lots of people with GAD don’t respond to treatment and now keep thinking all these ‘what ifs’. How long until the anxiety starts to go away and does it mean that the medication won’t work this time?
Restarting citalopram - terrible anxiety?
Question posted by Windywell on 2 Oct 2019
Last updated on 7 October 2019
I hope this helps you a little bit.
I'm on citalopram too. This is my 4th bout of depression and anxiety over about 20 year period. Was on 30 mg last time which ended up being my therapeutic dosage.
I have major depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. I never wanted to be back in this dark place and tried to pull myself out after slowly getting high anxiety again and slipped rather quickly back into depression.. I couldnt get better myself no matter what I did to try. . Which made me feel worse.
This time, On 8/10 - I started on 10 mg - at night. By the 2nd night, I had horrendous dreams. Panicked for 39 hours straight. Did not sleep
Twitching, pacing, etc. Was sure I needed to be hospitalized. Thankfully, I did not. It was EXTREME anxiety Most horrible experience. Swapped to taking in the morning.
I, like you had SO much more anxiety after starting the citalopram again. I do not remember it being like that/this the last time I took it about 5 years ago (for about a year and half or the time before - also for a year and half)..
This time - I was started on 10 mg for a week. Then 15 for a week and then 20 for 3 weeks. Then 30 now for 17 days. My morning anxiety is a hair lower. My depression is still there.
I'm telling you all this because, it definitely did get worse before it started to get a hair better. I've got a LONG way to.go to feel myself and I pray that I will. I couldnt even shower, comb my hair, or go outside much. Couldnt hold a conversation. Just last night, I walked about 2 houses down the street. Hadnt done that in 2 months. I do not watch t.v. because theres too much negativity. I lost my love for music, etc. Its horrible.
I'm not sure what degree of anxiety and depression you are at, but it is slightly more tolerable now for me. I can tell you that the what ifs were constant for me too
And I still have some because I want so much to get better and be me again. I'm trying really hard and I just try to think that im.getting just a hair better.
I had and have physical effects too. Heart palpitations, upset stomach, dry mouth, disturbing and scary dreams and many, many negative thoughts- which were scary. I still get the negative thoughts and the anxiety but it's down a notch
Just was able to shower without a 10 on the scale of panic yesterday. Was around a 4 or 5
Everybody is different and you are not in the least bit alone. I've been on this site for almost 2 months and there are people here that are incredible. Most know exactly what your feeling. I know I do ! And I'm still working really hard at getting better. My life is out there somewhere and I want it back. I'm sure you feel the same!
You've found a great website and great people. Just try to breathe through the anxiety. I know its hard. I know first hand.
I dont know if this message will help you. But just know you are not alone
If you read my posts- you'll see I was exactly where you are based on your recent post. And still going through it.. But we need to keep.moving forward. I will add you to my list of people to pray for this evening.
All my best!
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