SSRI’s and Anxiety
My first experience of using a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) also known as antidepressants, was October 2016.
I began on Citalopram 20mg daily and didn’t notice any change, so my dose was upped to 30mg daily – a few days later I was washing my hair in the shower and thought a lot of hair was by my feet, dried my hair and realised the reason a lot of hair was on the shower floor was because my hair had ripped and fallen out, leaving me with a messy, uneven hairstyle and dodgy looking fringe (I didn’t have one before that shower!).
Saw a GP and explained; the Doctors reply was;
“What is more important to you, you anxiety or your hair?”
Safe to say I stopped those pills a few days later.
I was re-referred to my Primary Mental Health Team and they advised speaking to the GP to find alternative medication to deal with my anxiety – I realised because of them that I don’t deserve to be unhappy and if there is something that can help balance my chemicals and help reduce my anxiety then why not try it.
I have noticed more bad days lately and the possibility is that I now have depression as well as my anxiety.
I am so tired, stressed and the past few days I have been soaking with sweat and just want to lie down all day.
This could be a mixture of the new meds, this heat and humidity and tiredness/stress in general.
It is early days I guess – sometimes doses need changing and it could be another few weeks before I notice any change.