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Advice on antidepressants

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Chloe25 Sat 02-Dec-17 16:48:02

Hey everyone
Just want some advice on antidepressants are they a good idea or not ?
My anxiety is so bad anxiety is soo bad at the min and it's getting me sooo down I feel overwhelmed panicking all the time over stupid things I feel sick all the time because of the worrying I actually feel like ime losing my mind with it it's doing my head in that bad! My anxiety has only been this bad once before and I recived some cbt and it work great but ime stuck in a rut again that I just can't shake of and Ime actually debating antidepressants
Can I have some advice on them are they good or bad witch ones are good witch are bad? I tried sertraline once I took one and vowed I'd never do it again because I felt that awful on them
Thanks ladies
Xx

Gorja Sat 02-Dec-17 16:56:23

I take an antipsychotic, a mood stabiliser and an antidepressant- mirtazapine. Keeps me ticking over each day. Stops me wanting to kill myself, stops the highs, stops the psychotic symptoms.
Without the meds I would be dead by now. I don’t like taking them and I will have to take them fir life - but I can function.
I wire full time and have four kids so no option but to take them.

You can try an antidepressant and if it doesn’t suit you can stop or change them. Citalopram is usually one of the first the GP will try.

LaGattaNera Sat 02-Dec-17 17:00:02

I took citalopram for few years and it is normal that for the first few days you may feel worse and your anxiety may be heightened - I found by day 4 or 5 I was feeling better but you need to persevere over the start if it feels rocky. Citalopram certainly helped my anxiety & depression. I also took 50mg trazadone at night to help me sleep which it did. x

Chloe25 Sat 02-Dec-17 17:16:34

Thanks girls
A doctor have never actually said it's anxiety I've just always passed it of as that and every time I've been they have never told me it's anything different if that makes sence
So basically I used to have really bad intrusive thoughts and once I learned that they were normal it didn't bother me as much and that's when I recived the cbt it was great but then I got pregnant with my second and watched a video of a guy that had schizophrenia on face book and ever since then I have done nothing but worry myself sick that ime going to end up with it then I worry omg will I have my kids taken of me then what will I do their my everything I couldn't live without them and I get my self in s right pickle with it I panic I feel sick my heart pounds my i get hot it's horrible I then go on google and look up every possible symptom to convince myself I have it witch I know is sooo stupid google is my worst enemy! It's getting so overwhelming at the min I dread each day! Thinking it's gonna happen the next day ect it's just a vicious cycle at the min ime so down and ime never like this and I wouldn't class myself as depressed I don't have sucdial thought o

Chloe25 Sat 02-Dec-17 17:18:44

Sorry I didn't finish that then lol
Sorry for the rant too
Yeah I don't wanna hurt myself or anything like that I just wanna get back to being my happy self with my boys
Dose this sound like health anxiety or genralized anxiety?
Ime going back to the doctors on Monday x

LaGattaNera Sat 02-Dec-17 17:31:15

not sure what sort of anxiety you have but citalopram is definitely used for anxiety and I found it very helpful x

Chloe25 Sat 02-Dec-17 17:32:43

Definitely sounds like anxiety tho dosnt it? And ime gonna go to the doctors Monday and ask for them and see if they help while I wait for my cbt thankyou x

LaGattaNera Sat 02-Dec-17 17:46:51

good luck x

treeofhearts Sat 02-Dec-17 17:53:34

I've had amitryptiline which isn't actually often prescribed as an antidepressant any more as most don't get on with it and there are more effective ones but I found it settled me right the fuck down and my god did it make me sleep. I didn't realise how strung out I was until I wasn't.

AliciaMayEmory Sat 02-Dec-17 18:01:13

I've had citalopram too and it worked wonders for me. I had no side effects, although I know some can, and after 18 months I felt well enough to slowly come off them.

It sounds like you would really benefit from going to see your doctor and talking through how you are feeling.

BiscayTrafalgarFitzroy Sat 02-Dec-17 18:19:40

Sertraline was life changing for me in terms of controlling my anxiety.

pollythedolly Sat 02-Dec-17 19:43:41

Sertraline here too. It’s the best AD I’ve been on. Works quickly on anxiety too

Chloe25 Sat 02-Dec-17 20:19:58

Well I took sertraline about a year ago maybe a little longer and omg it made me feel like a ghost and not myself atall and it scared the life out of me so bad I vowed I would never take an antiD Again but my worrying has got so bad I just want it to stop or be able to cope with it better x

BiscayTrafalgarFitzroy Sun 03-Dec-17 22:06:16

Yes - the start up effects of sertraline are horrible but after a few weeks it it worth it - I felt like a new person - you just have to battle through the side effects at first

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