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    In two weeks time i'll have been on it for a year. It's worked ok, but i want to come off it and bang loads of girls. I'm 20 and already well behind. Everyone else seems comfortable with sleeping with loads of them and is already very experinced and confident at it.

    How long were you on it? I've joined societies this year so hopefully the excercise should improve my mood.

    I will be seeing a new therapist too. Help??
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    Ask your doctor. Recommendations vary, depending on stuff like how long and how severely you were depressed, and whether it was your first episode. So for some people they might recommend six months after symptoms disappeared, whereas for me because of various reasons they've said I should probably stay on them for five years (different antidepressant, but still applies). The reason they ask you to stay on them for a time after your symptoms have disappeared is that it's been shown to lessen the chance of relapse, so the best thing to do is to ask whoever prescribed you them, and see what they have to say.
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    Until your doctor feels you can come off.

    Though if you're me, never, as it made me suicidal :yy: I'm glad it's worked for you though I'm not entirely certain why taking an AD means you can't be promiscuous.
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    How long is a piece of string?! Speak to your doctor as only they will know your history with depression and what is going to be right for you. I was on citalopram and in counselling for about 18mths to two years before my doctor recommended I started dropping my dose and weaning myself off of it, which took a few months. My coping mechanisms at the time were (and mostly have been since) good enough to get me through. I've had a couple of short spells on low doses of Citalopram since but I'm quicker to recognise the signs now and go to my GP or have a few counselling sessions.

    If I were in your position, I'd be concerned that a change of counsellor might rock the boat for me where I'd been on an even keel previously. I assume you're suffering from a diminished sex drive or something similar as a side effect if your main reason for coming off of it is to "bang lots of girls", otherwise I'm not sure why taking citalopram would prevent this. I didn't suffer from this particular side effect at all luckily (just that icky metallic taste at first and a lot of teeth grinding). Maybe ask your doctor if there is another anti-depressant you could take that would be less likely to give you that side effect that you could stay on for the time being.
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    what has ciroplam gt to do with sleeping with girls?
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    (Original post by kiss_me_now9)
    Until your doctor feels you can come off.

    Though if you're me, never, as it made me suicidal :yy: I'm glad it's worked for you though I'm not entirely certain why taking an AD means you can't be promiscuous.
    Low sex drive and inability to orgasm.

    Plus it's pathetic that i'm 20 and i cant even enjoy having a **** during the peak of my time. After i get older then i wont be able to anymore.
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    (Original post by jellybeanjen)
    How long is a piece of string?! Speak to your doctor as only they will know your history with depression and what is going to be right for you. I was on citalopram and in counselling for about 18mths to two years before my doctor recommended I started dropping my dose and weaning myself off of it, which took a few months. My coping mechanisms at the time were (and mostly have been since) good enough to get me through. I've had a couple of short spells on low doses of Citalopram since but I'm quicker to recognise the signs now and go to my GP or have a few counselling sessions.

    If I were in your position, I'd be concerned that a change of counsellor might rock the boat for me where I'd been on an even keel previously. I assume you're suffering from a diminished sex drive or something similar as a side effect if your main reason for coming off of it is to "bang lots of girls", otherwise I'm not sure why taking citalopram would prevent this. I didn't suffer from this particular side effect at all luckily (just that icky metallic taste at first and a lot of teeth grinding). Maybe ask your doctor if there is another anti-depressant you could take that would be less likely to give you that side effect that you could stay on for the time being.
    Yeah the low sex drive and sometimes inability to orgasm. When i do ejaculate there's literally nothing and my the pumping action feels very weak. It's like my penis has to struggle just to get anything out. When i stop taking it for a couple of days, then the semen just comes out freely and there's loads of it which is good.
    Also do you know any tipe to increase the amount of seme produced?

    Did you have alow sex drive and are you still on it? What were your coping mechanisms?

    I'm not sure about trying a new SSRI i just want to come off them ASAP and just live normally without taking pills. Fatigue is also an issue as i wake up feeling exhausted and witha dry mouth. I drink lots of water during the day and still fele thirsty.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Low sex drive and inability to orgasm.

    Plus it's pathetic that i'm 20 and i cant even enjoy having a **** during the peak of my time. After i get older then i wont be able to anymore.
    If it's causing you side effects like that, change it to another one or talk to your doctor about coming off it alltogether. I'm very sceptical about psychiatric drugs, I personally feel in many cases, therapy with a good therapist is far more sucessful. Maybe you should try that?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Also do you know any tipe to increase the amount of seme produced?
    No idea, because I'm female! Sorry!

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    Did you have alow sex drive and are you still on it? What were your coping mechanisms?
    I had no problems with my sex drive at all; sorry if that seems like I'm rubbing your nose in it! Ironically, I probably had more sex when I was on citalopram than since I've been off it.

    I've been off it more or less permanently for about 3.5 years now. Coping-wise, with a hell of a lot of counselling I know what sort of things trigger me. I can't overload myself with too much work and too much socialising because it exhausts me and makes me unhappy. I don't bottle things up so much anymore and make sure I have a good cry when I need it, tell a friend any problems or even just write issues down. I try and plan things ahead as much as I can because being unplanned makes me feel like things are on top of me. It's generally pretty simple things that people who don't have depression manage to do pretty naturally to be honest. If I feel super low or like I'm slipping into old habits, I'll pop to my GP or go back to counselling - that's only happened the once.
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    (Original post by LipstickKisses)
    If it's causing you side effects like that, change it to another one or talk to your doctor about coming off it alltogether. I'm very sceptical about psychiatric drugs, I personally feel in many cases, therapy with a good therapist is far more sucessful. Maybe you should try that?
    Funnily enough, that's what this thread is about. Did you even read it before posting?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Funnily enough, that's what this thread is about. Did you even read it before posting?
    What? This thread is about coming off citalopram, I suggested you try therapy instead of SSRIs if you want to come off it... seems like a logical suggestion to me.
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    (Original post by LipstickKisses)
    What? This thread is about coming off citalopram, I suggested you try therapy instead of SSRIs if you want to come off it... seems like a logical suggestion to me.
    "I will be seeing a new therapist too. Help?? "

    Read my OP again. I'm seeing a new therapist, implying i had an old one. When i went to the GP, counselling was the first thing offered to me and THEN medication. The Dr doesn't just give you pills and then tell you to "**** off"

    Im thinking of coming off Citalopram so that i cn have a normal life.
    It helps if you can read and have some common sense!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    "I will be seeing a new therapist too. Help?? "

    Read my OP again. I'm seeing a new therapist, implying i had an old one. When i went to the GP, counselling was the first thing offered to me and THEN medication. The Dr doesn't just give you pills and then tell you to "**** off"

    Im thinking of coming off Citalopram so that i cn have a normal life.
    It helps if you can read and have some common sense!
    If you want to have a 'normal' life, maybe you should stop being so rude? I didn't see the part where you mentioned a new therapist, I did read the OP so sorry if I missed that. And actually that depends on your service, I got told once "we don't have any free psychologists at the moment, would you like some SSRIs to tide you over?" when asking for anxiety treatment, so I was merely speaking from my experience. No need to be so rude. Anyway my original point still stands, therapy is much better than medication in my opinion and you'd probably be best doing therapy on its own rather than with the antidepressants.
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    (Original post by LipstickKisses)
    If you want to have a 'normal' life, maybe you should stop being so rude? I didn't see the part where you mentioned a new therapist, I did read the OP so sorry if I missed that. And actually that depends on your service, I got told once "we don't have any free psychologists at the moment, would you like some SSRIs to tide you over?" when asking for anxiety treatment, so I was merely speaking from my experience. No need to be so rude. Anyway my original point still stands, therapy is much better than medication in my opinion and you'd probably be best doing therapy on its own rather than with the antidepressants.
    Hahaha I'M rude?? Yeah i'm the one who didn't bother to read before posting and then comes out with some BS?

    I went on medication to deal with the physical symptoms of depression and anxiety, not because i just love popping pills like a junkie so you can shut up.

    Right now i've had enough of pills so im asking for advice.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hahaha I'M rude?? Yeah i'm the one who didn't bother to read before posting and then comes out with some BS?

    I went on medication to deal with the physical symptoms of depression and anxiety, not because i just love popping pills like a junkie so you can shut up.

    Right now i've had enough of pills so im asking for advice.
    What's your problem? :facepalm2: I gave you advice, it's perfectly reasonable advice about coming off an antidepressant, i have no idea why you're so rude and angry. What i posted wasn't BS, it's true in my experience. Did I say you love popping pills like a junkie? No, so stop reading things that aren't there. All I said was there are ways to deal with it without pills such as good therapy and that has worked for me, and that I recommend it.
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    (Original post by LipstickKisses)
    What's your problem? :facepalm2: I gave you advice, it's perfectly reasonable advice about coming off an antidepressant, i have no idea why you're so rude and angry. What i posted wasn't BS, it's true in my experience. Did I say you love popping pills like a junkie? No, so stop reading things that aren't there. All I said was there are ways to deal with it without pills such as good therapy and that has worked for me, and that I recommend it.
    I'm angry because despite explaining it to you about 5 times you still dont get it!
    I'm remaining on the pills to help with the anxiety and depression plus i'm also seeing a new therapist.
    You just keep repeating then same **** over and over again.
    I'm slowly coming off the pills.
    You dont just stop taking them like they're sweets.
    Now do you understand?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm angry because despite explaining it to you about 5 times you still dont get it!
    I'm remaining on the pills to help with the anxiety and depression plus i'm also seeing a new therapist.
    You just keep repeating then same **** over and over again.
    I'm slowly coming off the pills.
    You dont just stop taking them like they're sweets.
    Now do you understand?
    If you don't understand what I've written, you have more problems than just depression. I'll make this simple:

    You don't like being on pills. You're seeing a new therapist. You asked for suggestions. I said seeing the new therapist alone without medication may help. For some reason that seemed to piss you off.
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    20 isn't a bad age. :P You're still insanely youngggg! I do know what you mean about the low sex drive though. I'm on 40mg citlaopram (they're basically stopping me from killing myself haha), and my libido is on the floor. I feel nothing, all the time. The idea coming off them scares me to death, but at the same time they're there to help, right?. It's a tricky situation. Come off them slowly, or even reduce your dosage right down to 10mg? What are you on at the moment?
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    (Original post by princessPikachu)
    20 isn't a bad age. :P You're still insanely youngggg! I do know what you mean about the low sex drive though. I'm on 40mg citlaopram (they're basically stopping me from killing myself haha), and my libido is on the floor. I feel nothing, all the time. The idea coming off them scares me to death, but at the same time they're there to help, right?. It's a tricky situation. Come off them slowly, or even reduce your dosage right down to 10mg? What are you on at the moment?
    Hey there i'm on 20mg. It's manageable and i feel less like a zombie. I still get tired very easily whilst exercising but its all good. I have some sex drive but not much an only when i lift weights really hard.
    I was on 40mg before and it was awful. I felt like a zombie just wanting to sleep all the time and NO sex drive at all.
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    (Original post by LipstickKisses)
    If you don't understand what I've written, you have more problems than just depression. I'll make this simple:

    You don't like being on pills. You're seeing a new therapist. You asked for suggestions. I said seeing the new therapist alone without medication may help. For some reason that seemed to piss you off.
    Ok that seems to be much clearer now but ou still dont fully understand my predicament. You seem to suggest that i should come off the pills cold turkey. It doesnt work like that. You have to come off them slowly by gradually reducing the dose.
    Okay??
 
 
 
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