Hi everyone. A month ago I was diagnosed with moderate to severe manic depression and was prescribed 10mg daily of Citalopram. I went back today for my second consultation and the doctor gave me a repeat prescription.
I told him I felt the Citalopram was taking me in the right direction but it wasn't anywhere near enough and that I needed to take a bigger step. He said he wanted me to take 10mg for another month but if I was having a bad spell, to double the dosage after a week or two and move myself up to 20mg.
As I'm self-employed I can't risk having another major depressive episode in the near future (and feel as though I may be at risk of one) and really would feel far more comfortable at 20mg. Of course, if I step myself up now I would be back in two weeks for another consultation and another repeat prescription. Would you recommend stepping myself up to 20mg and trusting my own instincts and feelings or sitting it out for a couple of weeks and stepping up then? I don't want to risk (and can't risk, financially) another depressive episode in the near future.