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Old 06-10-2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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It happened again ...

Today was my 8th day of 10mg Celexa. I wish this stuff would start working already. I tried to go to the store with my mom again, and I couldn't even get out of the vehicle. I started getting really bad anxiety and waited for her in the Jeep. This is getting ridiculous. When will I start feeling better? I'm 25 and I've always had anxiety, but last week it really kicked in. I don't want to be homebound for the rest of my life. I'm scared to leave the house. Ahhhh!

Old 06-10-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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Re: It happened again ...

Give it time, sweetie. Like I said in my other post, it took about 2-3 weeks for me to start feeling like a normal human being. I too was afraid to go anywhere. I'd even avoid going out with friends because of it.

Oh and if after 2-3 weeks you haven't noticed any change, definitely talk to your doctor, they will probably up you to 20 mg like they did me.

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Old 06-10-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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Re: It happened again ...

Also, other things I did for myself was I'd lie on my bed with the room quiet except for my fountain. I bought myself a small desktop water fountain and hearing the running water relaxed me. You might wanna give it a try. Or buy one of those "sounds of nature" cd's where you can listen to waves crashing against a shore or rain, etc.

Old 06-10-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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Re: It happened again ...

I will give that a try. Thank you. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in this.

Old 06-10-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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Re: It happened again ...

You're definitely not alone. And you can do this.

Like someone close to me said, "No one has ever died from a panic attack and neither will you."

Because during my panic attacks, that's what it felt like -- like I wouldn't live to see the next hour. My heart raced, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't have even gotten up out of my chair to walk across the room if I wanted to. I spent an entire day in the emergency room because I couldn't breathe. No breath at all, I couldn't even bend over to pick up my dog's food dish to feed her. So I had my bf take me to the ER. They put me on oxygen, they gave me albuterol inhalers, steam, etc, and nothing worked. They even took 2 sets of x-rays of my lungs. The doc eventually came in and said, "There's nothing wrong with your lungs, they're perfectly clear."

So I said, "Okay, then why can't I breathe?"

Turns out I was panicking over the fact that I couldn't get enough air and that only made it worse. So a wonderful angel of a doctor eventually came in to where I was laying and said, "Your lungs are clear, your bloodwork is perfect, I want to try something, with your permission."

That's when she told me she was going to give me a 'shot' of the drug Ativan through my IV. I spent a whole day not able to breathe and within 5 minutes of giving me the Ativan, I was perfectly fine.

That's when I was diagnosed with GAD. I followed up with my doc and got the script for Celexa (and Ativan for the "uh-oh" moments) and within 3 weeks I felt like a human again, after enduring a few months of panic attacks and not knowing what the heck was wrong with me.

So it will happen, it will even out for you. And, again, after a few weeks, if you're not feeling any better, talk to your doc. They can either up your Celexa dose or try a different medication. What meds work for some may not work for others.

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Old 06-10-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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Re: It happened again ...

You could speak to your doctor about taking a benzodiazepine tranquiliser (Valium, Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin) for a couple of weeks while waiting for the Celexa to kick in.

There is no risk of dependence in a 2 week course, and they can make life a lot more bearable while you wait for the celexa to do its stuff. You could either take them every day for a coule of weeks, or, have them with you and just take one when a threatening situation came up.

10mg of celexa is a low dose - mos people need atleast 20mg for significant effects, so you might need to up the dose sometime soon - speak to your doctor.

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