Citalopram Made Me Crazy

I was on 20mg Citalopram for a while, and it really made me crazy. One day I'd be incredibly depressed and suicidal, and the next I'd be manically high. Once I saw Jesus in my fridge, and another time I was sure the dishwasher was going to eat me.
LolaLament LolaLament
18-21, F
22 Responses Aug 14, 2007

I have been on many antidpressents even though I was not depressed in the first place. I just had some stress and I did not like my life. They all make me crazy too. I have had to be on other to help with the ones that did not help me but made me crazy.

My doctor did not do any tests before I got on them. Now my life is ruined and a relay am depressed.

Yes I had problems in life but now I dont know what to do. Take them to get better or get off of them even though I may not get better

I have G.A.D. and 40mg of Citalopram/day makes life very manageable - no side effects. Made the mistake of forgetting to take it the last three days and I'm feeling tired, depressed and very anxious. Can't wait 'til the level comes back up. I'm sure this cloudy-*** weather and other problems I'm having are just adding to the mess.

I just started taking celexa and its got my heart pounding and my eyes are dilated, I'm totally high. It feels like a took a diet pill. Tense but happier so far. Fingers crossed

I had a really similar experience with it... I was wrongly diagnosed as having bipolar 2 disorder... but I convinced my doctor to slowly lower my antidepressants and mood stabilizers and I've been medication free for more than 2 years and feeling fine... so I guess in the end antidepressants were to blame for everything

I take Celexa and I think it's working for me, but I sweat like crazy WHEN I sleep. I am having difficulty sleeping but it's getting better! I wish I didn't have to take anything at all! Without it I feel like an extremely jealous and insecure person. So I'd rather sweat than be a jealous insecure woman! <br />
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Best wishes to you!

I hope your meds were changed from when you have written this and you are feeling better.<br />
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I have taken Citalopram (Celexa) a while ago, and for me it did me well. What works for one, may not work for another.

Celexa is AWFUL!!! I was on 20mg years ago, and it made me more depressed, and INCREDIBLY anxious and paranoid. I went off of it, but my doctor (different doctor) recommended that I start it again 3 weeks ago. The first 1 1/2 weeks were great. After that, same thing. I was driving yesterday and thought some car was following me and listening to me talk on my cell phone! I keep having panic attacks. I am worse on celexa than on nothing at all!

I regret taking depression medication ever. I started taking it at 18.... When really I was just immature with a bad attitude. I first was on lexapro. It made me laugh all the time even in moments when no one else was laughing ( not normal but fun) & I gained 20 lbs. So I went off that and do the hcg diet. Then I broke up with a boyfriend & decided to try citalopram. After taking it for a year I realized I had lost my personality ***** and zest for life. I had no interest in anything . I was happy sitting on a couch and staring at the wall. I didn't even care to call friends and spend time with people. One day in my car I started crying bcuzno felt like I had nothing to care about or for and prayed to God and I swear the thought hit me like LIGHTENING! Try going off citalopram. I did. Now a year later I'm married and a cosmetologist AND prego with my first child .... Not to mention taking depressants while prego can mess up your baby mentally AND physically! I think counseling is the best route and eating healthy like lots of greens and exercising . Eating crappy food makes you feel crappy

I regret taking depression medication ever. I started taking it at 18.... When really I was just immature with a bad attitude. I first was on lexapro. It made me laugh all the time even in moments when no one else was laughing ( not normal but fun) & I gained 20 lbs. So I went off that and do the hcg diet. Then I broke up with a boyfriend & decided to try citalopram. After taking it for a year I realized I had lost my personality ***** and zest for life. I had no interest in anything . I was happy sitting on a couch and staring at the wall. I didn't even care to call friends and spend time with people. One day in my car I started crying bcuzno felt like I had nothing to care about or for and prayed to God and I swear the thought hit me like LIGHTENING! Try going off citalopram. I did. Now a year later I'm married and a cosmetologist AND prego with my first child .... Not to mention taking depressants while prego can mess up your baby mentally AND physically! I think counseling is the best route and eating healthy like lots of greens and exercising . Eating crappy food makes you feel crappy

I have ruined my life with antidepressents. My doc gave them to me even though I was not relay depressed or had anxiety. I had problems but never this bad. I can never seem to get off of them with out some complication afterwords like I would have some alcohol or supplements that would react with the medication still inside of me. I am currently depressed from the last medication I took I wish I could turn back time and fix what I did.

It made me crazy too..I'm just now coming off of it....When i first started it it worked better than anything i've ever tried...Then the side effects came on.....Anxiety worse than what i started with....Anger and feeling betrayed about little things made me go off on loved ones.....Honestly I am staying off an antidepressent for a while....It was incredibly horrible to deal with...Good luck.....And your not alone!!

In my experience- I have seen presc<x>ription medicine used in place of dealing with life, more often than not. I have an uncle and a few siblings on these things and they seem like four year olds in adult bodies. I have also noticed an ease of communication between those 'on meds' and those navigating life in un-drugged minds. I am appalled that so many people are just given pills when they might need counseling, support or just a wake up and grow up call, to deal w/their lives. Its insanity and people are making billions off this racket. We are living among zombies in many cases, and do not even know it.

They can make some people crazy. Not everyone, but some people. No one knows why. The "bipolar" explanation is pretty speculative, because some people are just fine when they stop. <br />
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There are also lots of non-pharmacological treatments for depression, as there are lots of differing causes. Everyone is different and should do what they find effective. Saying that everyone who is severely depressed needs to take antidepressants is wrong. I used to be very depressed, even suicidal at times, and never took anything and am now not ever feeling that way. Sometimes you just have to work though things, and sometimes life can be pretty damned depressing and it's OK to feel crappy. Sometimes hearing someone's story and letting them know you agree it sucks is the best treatment of all. Not for everyone, but it's worth a try, because it's free and there are no side effects!

I recently had 2 days of citalopram 20mg and had to come off it. I was hearing voices, hallucinating and my throat was so tight. So the doc gave me Amitriptyline and after taking only half of a 10mg tablet I was flushed with adrenaline/ nor ephedrine. I don't mean nice happy adrenaline, I mean the one that feels like waves of cold ice in your veins and shaking hands. It was horrendous. I am now coming off both and I feel dreadful, dizzy, shaky, nauseous etc. I will never take any antidepressants ever again.

I've taken Zolof, Hydroxyzine, Abilify, you name it, but the ond that has worked best for me is Elavil (Amitripylene), it is a very old school antidepressant, but this little baby works wonders that is for me.

I was also going to say..........anti d's are also for anxiety disorders not just depression.............<br />
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so very true, everyone will not react the same......find what works for you, unfortunately it can be a long process. I, myself went 'nutty' on effexor, but handle citalopram just fine.....just goes to show ya.............BUT we're all troopers!!!

I have taken citalopram, mirtazapine, dothiepin, prothiedin, cipramil, paroxetine, prozac, among others & they were all crap. The side-effects were pretty bad too; tremor, chattering teeth, increased suicidal thoughs, bad dreams, sweats etc - they made me feel worse. SSRI's did not do it for me, nor did MAOI's, or whatever they're called.<br />
I now take tri-cyclics (amitriptylene 75mg) & my sleep has improved, as have my moods & i haven't had a panic attack in over a year; still a bit OCD though, but i can live with that, providing i sleep. These tricyclics are described by some doctors as 'archaic', as they're the older type of antidepressants, but they work for me. My dad also takes them; has for over 20 years, so maybe it's a hereditary thing.<br />
Also, i was in such a state through lack of sleep and life in general that i was put on haloperidol for 2 weeks & i think that might've sorted my clock out sleepwise, and shut my head up temporarily. I then went straight onto the tricyclics and haven't looked back - i no longer suffer with or battle depression; i live with depression.<br />
Ask your doc if they think you may benefit from them too, worth a try. Good luck.

If you are habitually very badly depressed, you need to take antidepressants. Finding the right one is a trial-and-error process. At some point, you find a drug that doesn't give bad side effects, and that's the right one.<br />
The difference in how you feel is amazing. Antidepressants don't make you happy, but they block chronic depression, sadness, etc., and that's good, because no one needs to feel like that every day.<br />
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Some times depression will break through when there's something to really be depressed about, which is also good, because it proves that the drug allows natural feelings and doesn't make you an unfeeling robot. <br />
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Sometimes chronic, deep-seated anxiety can feel like depression. Have you tried an anti-anxiety medication? And there are some drugs that are a combination that work quite well for some people who may not even realize that anxiety, which can manifest in alienation, loneliness that feels like depression, etc., is their problem, in lieu of or in tandem with chronic depression.<br />
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Work with your doctor, trying out various meds until you find the right one. The sun won't shine, necessarily, the economy won't improve, wars will continue, and you'll still have your life's problems to face, but what you will get is that most blessed feeling.... relief!

ANTI DEPRESSANTS SHOULD ONLY BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO ARE CLINICALLY DEPRESSED (IE NOT FUNCTIONING MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY). DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL (IE GENETIC MAKE UP, PERSONALITY ETC) DIFFERENT TYPES WILL WORK FOR DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS AND IT MAY TAKE SOME TRIAL AND ERROR TO FIND THE RIGHT ONES.

*sigh* The thing is no matter what I take someone will always have had a bad experience from it so I guess I just need to take what works for me and not worry about everyone else :)

I've been on so many and each works differently. This one is an SSRI so maybe you should try something else. I know I don't take my stuff regularly but when I do I see a difference. Just gotta keep on trying (says the pot to the kettle)<br />
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HUGS to you darlin'<br />
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Are you for real? I've just started taking it and I feel fine. Did you take mood stabilizers at the same time? If not it could be why they created problems for you, especially if your bipolar......

I hope you reported these adverse side-effects to your doctor?