High anxiety and major depression do not equal bipolar

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 5/18/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
When I started coming to this forum I always looked at the bipolar site.  That it was I was diagnosed as though it never really seemed to fit.  None of the medications I was on worked and until I had a severe and rare allergic reaction to a med and started going to a different Dr. did I find out I was not bipolar.  I have major depression and very high anxiety.  I guess my old Dr. mistook my anxiety for mania since I had always been an energetic person.  Oh well...
But I got to the point where my whole body ached, chest pains, etc.  Two weeks ago I was started on Celexa and I take as small a dose of Xanax as I can function with.  I am starting to feel better, but I have heard it takes anti-depressants at least 4 weeks to work. 
Does anyone know if Celexa will help with anxiety as well?
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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't take Celexa, but I'm sure you can rely on this new doctor to know what's best. Plus I'm sure others will come on here with knowledge of your medication. I'm glad you're beginning to feel better. The anti-depressants can take up to 4 weeks but everyone is different. Obviously, it's helping you a little sooner.

I sure hope you feel better soon and let us know how you're doing!
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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Im glad that you have found a new doctor and have got a correct diagnosis. I used to take Celexa to help with my GAD and was on the max dose as far as i know Celexa also helps with anxiety and is one of the better ssri's to take if you are having anxiety and depression problems but im not a doctor so do check in with him/her concerning this. I hope that the Celexa works well for you and helps to ease your anxiety.


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   Posted 5/18/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Gem,

Citalopram (Celexa) is prescribed for  depression, OCD, panic, PTSD, and generalized anxiety. From what my Pdoc has told me most of the SSRI/SSNI drugs have antianxiety properties.

I hope this works for you and I am glad you have your dx worked out.

Remember the lag time on any of these med can be 4-6 weeks or even as long as 8 weeks for the full therapeutic effect.

Gentle Hugs



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Precious Gem
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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Everyone!
I helps so much to have people you can talk and relate to.  My spouse is supportive but I feel I can only discuss this with him to a point, because if you do not suffer these things, it is hard to relate.
Thanks again.  I woke up this morning with no nausea (have had a little since I started med) and my mind feels somewhat calmer.  I still wake up every morning with my mind racing, but if I know it is going to "turn off" soon after I get up, I can deal with that. turn

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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   


I am so glad you woke up feeling somewhat better.  I too have family that does not understand Anxiety and think I should just be able to get a "grip" when I start to feel anxious.  Talking with the group here has been a blessing for me.

Stick with us.


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