I have been on citalopram (also know as celexa) for about 7, 8 months maybe 9 actually. Anyway, i have found it to be a good med. I have had next to no side effects, and i feel less depressed than i was all thoughs months ago, i can certainly say that. I started off at 20mg, then it was rasied to 40mg and now it's 60mg. 60mg seems to be doing a good job. I really hope this med helps you as much as it's helped me. And well done for going to the doctor! i know it can be very difficult. Do not feel ashamed one bit, it's not you're fault. You are a very strong person for getting help.
I had to do it because I have been this way since I was 17 really and I'm now 26; I just can't continue with life this way so I went for it. It couldn't be at a better time either because prescriptions here have been made free of charge for a few months now. I don't know why I didn't seek help sooner really because we are fortunate here to have free healthcare, I suppose I felt embarassed, but going on the internet and finding out it was such a common problem helped me a lot.
My parents have a slightly old fashioned attitude; They believe that depression is something that has to be fought with a grin and bear it attitude, I suppose the older generation did just that.
Yes that's right I'm also starting on 20mg per day, but it's going to take about two weeks for the effect to take place.
This is indeed great news! Yippeee! Many people, especially those closest to us, don't always understand.
I have an Aunt who told me to "snap out of it". Boy, I hope she never experiences depression. Only those who are there & have been there really get it.
Anyway, I think your parents will understand & support you once they see the difference therapy & medication impacts your life.
I was on it for just less than 4 weeks, was on 20 for 2 weeks, it did nothing, then was on 40 for just less than 2 weeks, I was really sick when on 40 and also it made me more depressed. So now I am on sth else, and it seems doign better. But it's just me didnt get on with the Citalopram. Wish you luck with it.