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07 November 2009

Happy pills report. Ive been taking 20 milligrams Citalopram a day and it's made a huge difference in my life, for the positive. I'm here to tell you about it and to encourage others to consider pills if you need them for your depression. Feel free to post your experiences or anything else within. [More:]

In reading the 'metachat is dying' post I ralised I had been cooking this post up for a while and should contribute it to the site.

Everything is going much better for me these days - work is still hard, my relationship is still hard, there are many. many MANY very profound changes and transitions going on in my life, but these pills have made me far less likely to freak out outwardly. While I am still low level anxious all the time the anxiety is less distracting and less intense.

There have not been any side effects I can see - interesting, as when I was on 10mgs of citalopram for a few months last year there was no positive effect and lots of side effects - and my sex drive has gone UP, if anything. Additionally I am more impulsive, but the self discipline, grace, and self awareness I have been working on cultivating has worked there.

My iPhone beeps at me and reminds me to take my pill every day and I say a little gratefulness prayer every time I take it.

I was astonished to have such a dramatic and positive effect and I am fully aware that the effect could lessen or go away entirely. But I will not be afraid of taking pills again, because I know they can and do work.
I'm so happy that this is working for you! I have in the past taken antidepressants, and although it was the last thing I wanted to do, I'm very glad I did. Best of luck to you, plus whuffles!
posted by Specklet 07 November | 16:10
I'm glad to hear this too. I've had two periods in my life where I took anti-depressants for a while and both times they provided me with the window of opportunity - by allowing me to think straight - to make some big decisions I needed to make.
posted by essexjan 07 November | 16:17
posted by sperose 07 November | 16:38

I wouldn't be here but for my happy pills.
posted by deborah 07 November | 17:23
Wow, that's great!
posted by Miko 07 November | 18:00
posted by Obscure Reference 07 November | 18:32
Awesome to hear this.
posted by mdonley 07 November | 20:09
I'm happy for you Grace. You deserve some goodness after all you've been through.

There were a couple periods for me where Wellbutrin really helped me dig out of the hole. Obviously, no one wants to have to take pills, but when you find the one that is right for you, it sure makes recovery easier.
posted by netbros 07 November | 21:39
Great to hear that you're doing well, Grace!

I have never taken antidepressants, partly because I didn't want to deal with the side effects, but mostly out of stubbornness.

My mule-headedness was enough to provoke an ordinarily quite mild-mannered shrink to holler at me.

I really should have taken antidepressants; they would have done me at least a little bit of good.
posted by jason's_planet 07 November | 21:56
Glad to hear they are helping you and that you're over your fear of them!
posted by rmless2 08 November | 12:14
Wonderful to hear this! Good news must be shared - that way it multiplies!
posted by mightshould 09 November | 08:17
Thank you for sharing, By the Grace of God, and congrats on the progress. And thanks everyone else. I've always been a bit wtf about the prospect of taking them myself, but it's something I think I need to consider, and this helps.
posted by chrismear 09 November | 14:18
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