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Ninna

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How long does it take to start working? My son has started taking it about six weeks ago but his symptoms have not improved. Should we wait a bit longer or change it? What are your experiences? Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
 
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Hi Ninna,
It does take a while for meds to start taking effect, I'd really suggest you ring his GP and ask as they know him better. Is he an adult? They really should not just park him up on tablets, without seeing how he is doing. Can he make an appointment to go back and talk to them?

Hope you are ok also, it is stressful being a carer too:hug1:
 
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Hi Ninna,
It does take a while for meds to start taking effect, I'd really suggest you ring his GP and ask as they know him better. Is he an adult? They really should not just park him up on tablets, without seeing how he is doing. Can he make an appointment to go back and talk to them?

Hope you are ok also, it is stressful being a carer too:hug1:
Thanks for your reply. He is 19. We are supposed to make a doctor 's appointment next week so will talk about it then. I just wanted to know people's experience with it.
 
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Hi Ninna,

As has been said before, it can take a while for the effects of anti-depressant medication to be noticeable. Not every tablet works first time, so it can often be the case that the dose is increased or they change to a different tablet. It is trial and error for GPs, trying to find one that works for an individual.

The main reason for me replying to this post is to say that, for me, it was very important to return to see the same GP. I was taking the first appointment available to see any GP, so when I returned to the surgery the new GP I was seeing had not seen me before so they could not see that my condition was not improving, so they just issued a repeat prescription. I do not know how easy it will be for you to see the same GP where you are, but I do believe returning to see the same GP is important. It was a doctor in Occupational Health who pointed it out to me. I did struggle with the surgery, trying to secure an appointment with the same GP. I got round it by asking for a telephone consultation with the GP and on the phone I stressed the importance of consistency in my treatment and the need to build a rapport with the GP treating me - it was scripted for me by my occupational health doctor. The GP was happy to see me again.

I wish you and your son well :)
 
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Yes, I agree with winofunk about seeing the same GP, that can be quite important; you need someone monitoring things. I would also suggest that the follow-up appointments be a little closer together; every 4 weeks maybe. Six weeks is quite a long time really, especially when you are depressed.

What is your sons daily routine like? Is he doing anything or is he in shutdown mode? Is he sleeping too much etc?
 
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Unfortunately he cannot see the same GP due to the fact that the first one left the surgery. He sow new one after four weeks but she is on holiday now so will see completely new one next week. He hasn't got a repeated prescription yet.

He is quite active. We go for a walk or on trips every day and that helps him cope. We watch his favourite films together and talk a lot. He laughs and talks about his friend, the girl he loves very much but he often talks how very sad he is, that he has enough of life, that he is suffering a lot, that he shouldn't exist, that he is an accident by nature and all negative things about himself, that he wakes up sorry that he is alive etc. This is confusing for me because how can someone laugh, even joke, and still be depressed? How can someone enjoys things and at the same time feel very low? For me, as his mother and a carer, all this is hard.
 
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I was on citalopram for about 10 years, from what I remember it took about 8 weeks for it to start to work, What dose is your son taking? your sons GP may increase it when you see him next. Also I think meds work differently for people. I found it worked for me but after being on it so long I came off it because I found it wasn't working anymore.
 
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It could be that he's putting on a brave face, trying to appear as though everything is okay and fine but inside he's not and he can only keep that up for so long before opening up about how he's really feeling at other times.

Or it could be that in those moments he is genuinely happy and isn't thinking about certain things that ordinarily make him feel unhappy. Being alone with your thoughts and thinking too much can sometimes be unhelpful, especially if you get going down that road where you question everything. Keeping him busy is probably a good thing, I'd keep encouraging that if I were you.

I just wonder about that one part of your reply, about the girl; could a lot of this be down to that do you think? I mean, does he want her as a girlfriend but she doesn't feel the same and that is making him feel like this?
 
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It could be that he's putting on a brave face, trying to appear as though everything is okay and fine but inside he's not and he can only keep that up for so long before opening up about how he's really feeling at other times.

Or it could be that in those moments he is genuinely happy and isn't thinking about certain things that ordinarily make him feel unhappy. Being alone with your thoughts and thinking too much can sometimes be unhelpful, especially if you get going down that road where you question everything. Keeping him busy is probably a good thing, I'd keep encouraging that if I were you.

I just wonder about that one part of your reply, about the girl; could a lot of this be down to that do you think? I mean, does he want her as a girlfriend but she doesn't feel the same and that is making him feel like this?
Oh, the girl is his first close friend who he made while he was at college last year and they are still good friends. Thinking and talking about her makes him happy. She is very caring and he loves her and would like more than a friendship but he is also very happy to have her as a friend so there is no pressure as long as she keeps in touch. From what he tells me, it seems that she is also fond of him but both of them are shy so it is difficult to say if there is more to it. I just hope that this friendship will continue for a long time maybe life.
 
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I was on citalopram for about 10 years, from what I remember it took about 8 weeks for it to start to work, What dose is your son taking? your sons GP may increase it when you see him next. Also I think meds work differently for people. I found it worked for me but after being on it so long I came off it because I found it wasn't working anymore.
He is on 20mg.
 
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Ninna does he get any side effects from the 20mg citalopram? (or perhaps he got some side effects in the beginning but they have passed now?)

your GP may want to increase the dose (if he doesnt have any troublesome side effects and also, doesnt feel any better on 20mg after a couple of months of taking it), or switch to something else
 
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