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Not coping with citalopram withdrawal

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Johnboy1984

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I've never posted on a forum nor have I ever spoke to anyone but a select few about my long suffering depression issue, but after struggling to cope with medication withdrawal I'm left with little other option.
I came off a 10mg citalopram dose 3 weeks ago as it did not seem to be working as I was getting extreme mood swings and the depression was still there but came in sort of weekly waves. I was taking 20mgs a few months before but the loss of sex drive was a big no no for me so reduced to 10mgs after consulting my dr.
Now I know it's highly recommended not to stop the medication cold turkey but I feel very uncomfortable talking about my depression let alone face to face with a doctor so I stopped 3 weeks ago on a Friday night. The first two days fine but for the next two weeks I was constantly confused, anxious, dizzy and generally away with the fairies. Then I had two days of being incredibly positive and felt like I'd finally overcome my condition, until after these two days. Now I'm suffering worse than I ever have with just about every depression symptom I've come across and it's seriously effecting those around me. People never know what mood I'm going to be in from day to day and as nearly everyone are not aware of my condition they simply think I'm nuts.
Therapy is not an option for me as I dislike talking about it but is there anyway to cope with this withdrawal or should I simply not be coming off the meds? It also was very recently suggested to me that I may be suffering from maybe a more severe mental illness, but if everyone listened to all opinions and what Google has to say I'm sure the whole world would be on medication.
Any opinion or suggestion would be much appreciated
 
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:welcome:......sorry you're feeling like this, it's not easy. MH is hard for some people to talk about, but it sounds like you definitely need to speak to someone, I know it's not easy but is there anyone you can talk to, and I would go back to gp.

You can come here and talk, no-one will judge and we understand. :hug:
 

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Welcome to the forum.

How long had you been on the 10mg dose after reducing from the 20mg?

You have to remember as well that the "chemicals" in your brain are a little off balanced at the moment so that might be why you seem to be feeling so bad.

How do you feel about medication? Do you think being on it might help.

Medication isn't the quick fix some people think it is in my opinion. You need to kinda look into what the causes may be. There are talking therapies but I can see you aren't quite ready for that yet. How about trying to get some self help books instead?

Marliee x
 
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Welcome to the forum.

How long had you been on the 10mg dose after reducing from the 20mg?

You have to remember as well that the "chemicals" in your brain are a little off balanced at the moment so that might be why you seem to be feeling so bad.

How do you feel about medication? Do you think being on it might help.

Medication isn't the quick fix some people think it is in my opinion. You need to kinda look into what the causes may be. There are talking therapies but I can see you aren't quite ready for that yet. How about trying to get some self help books instead?

Marliee x
I was on the 10mg for around 5 months, 3 of those it seeming to be very ineffective. I think being on the medication at 20mgs helped but having zero sex drive was nearly as life ruining as no medication. I have no idea what the causes are, anything can start off a bad patch even as small as misplacing my keys :) . I've seen two GP's, one being smug and almost sarcastic and the other fairly clueless to say the least.
 

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10mg as far as I'm aware is the lowest dose you can be given so it's the natural dose to come off, off I guess. I'm not expert of course.

It can be hard to find the right GP. Maybe ask if there is a MH specialist in your practice? They do appear in some.

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10mg as far as I'm aware is the lowest dose you can be given so it's the natural dose to come off, off I guess. I'm not expert of course.

It can be hard to find the right GP. Maybe ask if there is a MH specialist in your practice? They do appear in some.

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It's never been mentioned there's a MH specialist at my GP, then with the overly nosey receptionist I'm always reluctant to tell them what I want to see a GP for. Also I often end up flustered and struggle to talk to a GP on exactly how I'm feeling. Online GPs or other professionals been mentioned to me, are these any good and where do I find them?
 

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What about if you try again you write down what you want to talk about and pass it on. You might find that easier.

I personally would say face to face is better but everyone is different :)

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What about if you try again you write down what you want to talk about and pass it on. You might find that easier.

I personally would say face to face is better but everyone is different :)

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Yea that could work I suppose, worth a try. Just worries me that if I come away without an answer I'd get worse than I already am
 
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I don't know if you have local access (should do) but you can self refer to primary mh services (ours is called Health in Mind). They do a telephone consult, questions really, send you some info. Also the gp can refer you which is quicker. Some surgeries have a mh person who pops in one day a week (I saw that guy first, and he referred me for therapy).
IAPT | Regions > Regions
I took citalopram, didn't find it helped. When I stopped I thought I'd be clever and swap to St Johns wort, but I'm not sure that did anything because I went a bit mad, lol. I tried a different antidepressant a few months later, which was even worse, and tried citalopram again (out of desperation) months after stopping the second med. Each one I was on for no longer than 5mths, and at low doses. But I swear it took about a year for my brain and the effects to go back to my normal level of crazy.
Hope you get some help soon.
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I don't know if you have local access (should do) but you can self refer to primary mh services (ours is called Health in Mind). They do a telephone consult, questions really, send you some info. Also the gp can refer you which is quicker. Some surgeries have a mh person who pops in one day a week (I saw that guy first, and he referred me for therapy).
IAPT | Regions > Regions
I took citalopram, didn't find it helped. When I stopped I thought I'd be clever and swap to St Johns wort, but I'm not sure that did anything because I went a bit mad, lol. I tried a different antidepressant a few months later, which was even worse, and tried citalopram again (out of desperation) months after stopping the second med. Each one I was on for no longer than 5mths, and at low doses. But I swear it took about a year for my brain and the effects to go back to my normal level of crazy.
Hope you get some help soon.
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How was the therapy for you? I'm not a chatty person but a lot of people swear by it. All in all I've been on citalopram for nearly 3 years, hasn't proved to be very effective and at the 10mgs had regular times I'd go completely crackers.
 
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