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Celexa and Anxiety

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 13, 2007
  • 01:32 AM

Ive been really sick for the past month, and my doctors have said its all anxiety related, which I highly doubt since lately I've felt very numb and lost almost all sensation. It feels as if my body and brain are shutting down. I was also treated for a sinus infection recently which only added to my problems. Im only 17 years old and this whole thing is really scary for me. Does any one have any experience with Celexa, its side effects, and quality of treatment for anxiety and depression?

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  • I know exactly what you are going through.I am now 35 years old but have had it for about 7 years and it is terrible.It scared me to death and I thought I was dying .I was sceptical at first and got another opinion and sure enough thats what it was.I was constantly trying to diagnose myself and worrying myself sick.I got so numb and it is a terrible feeling .I would have to go to the hospital and have them tell me I was o.k b/4 I would believe it.I also had chest pains and that made me think I had lung cancer.Whatever you do dont go to webmd and try to diagnose yourself because you will read into the symptoms to much and make it even worse.I am on the generic now of celexa and it is wonderful.I went off of it for 2 years when I became pregnant and thought I was fine and it came back.I will never go off it again ,not that I couldnt but I dont want to feel that way again.Wal-mart has the generic version for $4.00 a month so if you can have your dr. give you generic it would be cheaper.The medicine will make you sick to your stomach for about a week and then you should be fine.I didnt want to believe it at first either but your mind plays tricks on you.They told me it was the thought of impending doom.I hope this helps you I can imagine how scarey it was for you since you are so young but I hope this helps and feel free to write if you a=have any questions and good luck and you will be fine believe it or not.Darla
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  • I know exactly what you are going through.I am now 35 years old but have had it for about 7 years and it is terrible.It scared me to death and I thought I was dying .I was sceptical at first and got another opinion and sure enough thats what it was.I was constantly trying to diagnose myself and worrying myself sick.I got so numb and it is a terrible feeling .I would have to go to the hospital and have them tell me I was o.k b/4 I would believe it.I also had chest pains and that made me think I had lung cancer.Whatever you do dont go to webmd and try to diagnose yourself because you will read into the symptoms to much and make it even worse.I am on the generic now of celexa and it is wonderful.I went off of it for 2 years when I became pregnant and thought I was fine and it came back.I will never go off it again ,not that I couldnt but I dont want to feel that way again.Wal-mart has the generic version for $4.00 a month so if you can have your dr. give you generic it would be cheaper.The medicine will make you sick to your stomach for about a week and then you should be fine.I didnt want to believe it at first either but your mind plays tricks on you.They told me it was the thought of impending doom.I hope this helps you I can imagine how scarey it was for you since you are so young but I hope this helps and feel free to write if you a=have any questions and good luck and you will be fine believe it or not.DarlaYour reply made alot of sense to me. I'm 30 now, and starting about 6 or so months ago I would have problem after problem. I smoked, I got tendinitis in both shoulders, it creeped toward my chest area (so ofcourse I got really scared for about a week I almost was ready to hear my doctor say "You've got lung cancer". . Then I had a sinus infection that did not go way until after 3-4 different antibiotics (one that I had a minor itchyness too and wasted $100. Only later to hear from my favorite rational doctor who said I probably could have kept taking it, but over the phone for legal reasons they tell you, you better stop taking it). So ofcourse I read on WebMD that some of the things that cause chronic sinus infection was AIDS and cancer. Then I stopped smoking and everything was alright at first. But then from just all the stress for months my eyes started having alot of tension at night and sometimes during the day too. During that time when I started researching too much on the web was around the time my aunt told us she had cancer. I think that really hit me really hard and sent me on a downward spiral. Even though I feel a bit calmer now, because of the eye tension from all the stress. . My doctor thinks I have general anxiety disorder and he's probably right. So he gave me some xanax but told me "You'll probably end up on this celexa anyway" but I told him I wanted to try just the xanax first. But after reading your post and others about Citalopram (generic for Celexa) I think I'm gonna call him right back and have him prescribe it for me. Thanks for reading this. .Eric
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