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Originally posted by bknapple32
I think pills are never the answer. But that's just me. I had a pill problem and it took a lot of fight in me to get off them. Whatever pill you agree to take make sure your body wont become chemically dependent on them. Because lots of pills are "safe" until the dependency forms.
Originally posted by thedarktower
Firstly, im not sure where to post this so MODS feel free to move
I have been suffering from panic attacks and general anxiety for some time now and I was always turning down medication as I don't fully believe taking a pill every day in life is the answer, but things have got worse and I decided to give it a shot.
Today I went and spoke with my GP, he offered me Citalopram
I took the offer, as things have not been good lately and a friend of a friend suffered from the same anxiety problems as I do and she said they did help her. From what I have read up on the drug, it is safe, can help and seems to be ok, but.....
I just don't know, are pills really the answer? i would like to do more exercise but part of my anxiety involves the fact i can't always go outside due to panic attacks, so perhaps these would help?
Im just curious as to what people on ATS think, i know most are against big Pharma and all the pills, but are they all that bad?
Also, has anyone else had such problems, if so, how did you deal with them? Has anyone taken this particular drug either?
Just asking, i have never heard of the drug, I know it will not work over night, but living with anxiety can really bring your life to a halt, stop you from enjoying life, I really just want to be normal and if pills are the answer, perhaps its the last option, but its still an option.
Any advice will be taken on board. Thanks
Originally posted by Mister_Bit
A good diet really does help, never underestimate that.
Originally posted by thedarktower
reply to post by seedofchucky
yep, i know there are many areas i need to look at, one of them is definately my diet. I do not eat regular, or eat the correct balance of healthy foods i should. Though sometimes i feel so low i just wont eat or snack instead of eating a good healthy meal. I know i need a kick up the arse to be honest with my eating and exercise, but hopefully one step at a time i can get into that way of living. Thanks for the advice
3 square meals a day if you can manage that, try and get into the habbit of eating breakfast.
Oh and try to exercise... lol I know, when i was depressed that was the last thing on my mind and it was almost physically impossible but even lifting a heavy book up and down will help, honestly.
Originally posted by ValentineWiggin
The side effects only last for two weeks. This is the most important thing to remember because at first it will make you want to stop taking it. There will be diarrhea, insomnia, and lots of yawning. Take Immodium for the diarrhea, if the insomnia gets too bad your Dr. can get you a sleep medication.
Originally posted by XXXN3O
The problem with anti depression tablets is that they take away feelings that are there for a reason and the end result is that you change nothing in your life. If you finally do ever feel better enough to stop taking the tablets, you will just slide back into depression and the tablets once again as the cause of the depression is still there in your life.