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    Thumbs up Wow, what a difference

    I have suffered from lifelong anxiety my entire life. Phobias would arise, only to be replaced by new phobias and worries. I've been through a lot of the typical ones; panic attacks, choking, health anxiety, throwing up, blurting things out in public, harm ocd, etc etc. Often one at a time, but sometimes two or three. It was like whack-a-mole.

    Lately my anxiety had gotten VERY bad. I was suffering from multiple panic attacks per day or week, and I was starting to get scared of going out driving and doing my normal things. I really needed to get a handle on things before any of these new fears became ingrained in my brain pathways.

    I had tried multiple antidepressants over the past few years. Some gave me hives, some gave me bad side effects. Some did nothing. Some made me sleepy. However a few friends of mine told me about how Celexa was working for them so I decided to give it a go.

    I'm about 4 weeks in and at about week 2 I started noticing a change. I feel SO much less anxious. It really is dramatic. I am not totally cured, I still have some stuff to work on, and I still occasionally have flashes of the beginnings of panic attacks (although much, much less frequently). But my goodness I feel like I have a handle on my life agan after feeling like my anxiety was getting completely out of control.

    Just posting here because this was my 6th or so medication I tried, and I was about to totally give up on trying meds. The worst side effect for Celexa for me is a bit of dehydration/dry mouth.

    I just really encourage some of you to keep giving meds a try if stuff is getting so bad that your typical CBT won't work. Sometiems our brains just cannot fight bad anxiety with just CBT and relaxation/meditation/etc alone, and needs a helping hand to get over a bad patch.

    Again, I'm not cured. But this stuff helped me quite a bit.

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    Re: Wow, what a difference

    Great story! Thank you for sharing! I hope it encourages others.
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    Re: Wow, what a difference

    Hurrah, another one, congratulations! Celexa has been a game changer for me, too.
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    Re: Wow, what a difference

    Is it an SSRI? Another name for Citalopram?
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    Re: Wow, what a difference

    Yep, Celexa is the US name for Citalopram.
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