Hi, I am new on this website. I used to often come here when I felt alone, I finally got the courage to join and make a post.
I have suffered from anxiety and depression for about 4 years, since the age of 17 (I am now 21). Compared to some members on here, I know that is not long at all. For the longest time, I genuinely did not know I had anxiety or depression, I thought it was just in my personality to be overly anxious or overly down. About three months ago I visited my doctor who diagnosed me and prescribed me meds. I am taking Citalopram 10mg.
At first it was rocky. For the first month and a half I didnt think it was working. I still felt anxious to the point of not being able to eat because I felt so sick. There were also a couple days when I forgot to take the medication and it felt like my entire world crashed down and I had to start over, working my way back out of the black hole. Also, I found taking the medication at night made it hard for me to sleep. So maybe its best to take it during the morning, although I like routine so I havent dared to change the time that I take it yet lol. I dont get any major side effects apart from occasional tingling in my hands and feet. Anyway I stuck by it for three months and now this is the best I have felt in my short teenage/adult life.
For anyone that is prescribed or has been prescribed Citalopram, stick by it! It takes time, but for me it really worked in the end. Of course there are still bad days, but there are wayy more good days then bad days now . I hope this helps someone out there.
Keep trying to smile and one day itll be genuine