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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/19/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing better since I last posted here about depression and frequent panic attacks. I lost weight recently and then was put on Citalopram as an anti-depressant. I feel like I'm starting to recover psychologically and emotionally but today I seem to be feeling some strong physical effects. I'm not sure if this is a result of just my recent bad health kicking in or if it's the medicine I'm taking. Today all day long I feel really weak and I can barely walk. I'm shaky and my knees almost buckle when I move. Earlier even a glass of water seemed heavy. My hands are always shaking at least a little bit and this isn't normal for me.

Should I be concerned or just wait it out and see if I get back to normal? For the time being I'm just trying to take it easy (easier said than done).

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   Posted 6/19/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You are doing the right thing, taking it easy. Take it one day at a time also. If you just started this medication, try to give it a couple of weeks for the side effects to go away. But if they become really bothersome, let your doctor know. You may not be able to tolerate it. I went through a lot of meds before I found what worked for me. What kind of recent bad health did you have? Did you have a bug or something like that? Just curious.

I sure do hope that you feel better soon. But give it a couple of weeks, then it takes six to eight weeks for the med to reach it's full potential. I know, frustrating to say the least, but it takes time and patience to get better. Keep up the good work.

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 6/19/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the recent bad health was my weight loss and loss of appetite due to the depression that got a lot worse in the past month. For at least the past 5 years I've been under constant emotional stress with no methods of handling it besides just feeling a ton of stress all the time. It usually made me constantly tense in my back and shoulders. When it finally became too much I went to the doc. That was about a week ago, so now starts the recovery.

I just find it strange that I didn't feel this fatigued sooner, back when I was eating less than I'm eating now and barely sleeping at all. I finally ate something resembling a full meal and got my 8 hours of sleep and NOW I'm feeling fatigued?

I think it will pass though, or I hope it will. If not, I'll head back to the doctor.
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