Post # 1
I have been taking a half dose of Celexa (citalopram) for about 3 years. I have tried a few times to get off of them, but is seems almost impossible. You have to wean off VERRRRRY SLOWWWWLY or suffer a host of bizarre side affects. Coming off, I realize I have kind of floated through the past few years. These meds killed my energy level, sex drive, passion for life, motivation to work, excel, learn new things etc. In return, I was much more steady, even, less anxious and cool headed. A fair trade. I don’t know? I just thought I would send out a PSA. If you MUST get on meds, ok, but keep in mind you may be robbing Peter to pay Paul. I feel pretty amazing lately. I have so much energy and ambition without the meds. It is awesome!
Post # 3
@whitefuzzy: There are pluses and minuses to the meds I take.
-I don’t mood swing as often, no more angry outbursts or violence, getting so upset that my body temperature would get feverish and my heart would race. Because of the mood swings I used to self-harm a bit too.
-A lot less crying…this used to happen at least a few times a week for hours
-No more insomnia
-Less anxiety and less PTSD nightmares
-Sex drive is less…it used to be a big problem
-Gained a lot of weight. Don’t feel all that great…went from a size xs/s to a m/l
-Sex drive is less. I miss being more spunky sometimes lol
-Sometimes I feel like a robot because of the lack of highs and lows I used to experience…but I’m not unhappy either.
-The reliance I have on my psychiatrist and the pharmacies…sometimes I feel like I’m at their mercy.
Post # 4
FI went through this. He refuses to be on medication anymore because it’s such a pain in the ass. Whatever he was on basically just made him a robot, so he had to stop because going through medication changes and whatnot is really hard on you. He doesn’t like being depressed, but he said he’d rather be depressed and be able to have good times than have no emotions at all.