Medication for anxiety

withinyou_withoutyou22 (@opal) 8 years, 1 month ago

I’m 23 and I’ve been struggling with anxiety since I was a teen…
I feel I’ve exhausted all other avenues which might have helped
Has anyone had any experience with citalopram? Good or bad
If you don’t agree with taking medication for anxiety, please share your views.

October 30, 2013 at 4:42 am
Alex (63) (@alexsabus) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Have you tried daily meditation and yoga?
If so, there are other means like acupuncture for anxiety. You can do it by yourself.

Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@opal, I don’t agree with taking medication for anxiety.
Have you tried any herbs yet? Lemon balm tea has been used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce anxiety. I’ve tried it myself and it works awesomely. Chamomile tea is also very calming. Valerian root extract(you can buy it in capsule form for extremely cheap, i’ve bought a big bottle for under $4) also works great. The compound Diazepam {Valium) was and is synthesized from the Valerian root…The chemical signature will show up { as Valium} in a drug screen. Passion Flower and lavender are also anti anxiety.

Do not underestimate herbs!! as an anxiety sufferer myself I can say that they work awesomely.
Go on meds if you must but try some of these gifts from nature first please. They are cheaper, more accessible, and better for you.

Some other things that really help anxiety is going for regular walks. Once your mind starts getting revved up and ready to send you on an uncomfortable and tense ride, put on a coat and walk out the door. You don’t have to have a destination, just walk. It’s amazing at clearing the head.
Writing is also amazing for that. There is endless literature on beating anxiety that you should definitely look for. You don’t even actually need to ingest anything to help, you can train your mind to deal with it effectively and rise above it. Best of luck and much love to you.

LiveItLoveIt (16) (@liveitloveit) 8 years, 1 month ago ago


I was put on Citalopram when I was 18 for depression and anxiety. The medication wrecked my sex drive and made it nearly impossible to have an orgasm. I experienced nausea and an inability to focus. When I smoked marijuana, I would be high for about 5 minutes and then be back to baseline and tired. In fact, all the time I just felt baseline. For me Citalopram made me never really feel a whole lot of anything. i felt like a zombie and my personality was robbed from me. My friends noticed changes in my behavior as well. I ran out and my appointment to refill was cancelled by the school I was going to. I ended up quitting taking it cold turkey which made me feel like I was insane and sparks were going off in my brain.


I’m sure your doctor has mentioned some of these side effects, but my doctor barely told me anything about what I was going to be taking and just wrote me a scrip to push me through his office.

I tried alternative remedies and found GREAT results from using Kava tea, valerian root, and marijuana. I have since tried to pair stretching and breathing practices with meditation which I believe is one of the most beneficial practices you can take on.

It can be challenging at first and you may not feel like you are seeing any results, but if you keep at it, it can change your life.

LiveItLoveIt (16) (@liveitloveit) 8 years, 1 month ago ago


I forgot to mention also as ellie said, an active lifestyle and an artistic outlet can be a lifesaver. I try to write beat poetry, climb mountains, and ride bikes when I’m feeling stressed.

LiveItLoveIt (16) (@liveitloveit) 8 years, 1 month ago ago


I think anxiety may not be a flaw within us. I believe that it is really important to explore the root of anxiety, try new things, etc.

One more really important thing I forgot to mention is diet. People with acute food allergies can people can become very irritable because of what they eat, as well as people who eat high fat/sugar/processed food diets.

vivaciouslyv (24) (@vivaciouslyv) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@opal, I have no personal experience with Citalopram but spent a few years on Zoloft. When I’ve found the best results through herbs (what they’ve mentioned plus a few others), exercise, writing, and breathing exercises. Try other routes first, the medicines may fix the bad but they also rob you of the good.

Anonymous (2,654) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Some herbal teas are just happiness in a cup.

EFW (57) (@EarthFireWater) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

Ditch booze, ditch caffeine, heighten your ability to just let things go.

Anonymous (46) (@) 8 years, 1 month ago ago

@opal, what @earthfirewater, said…. let go of the anxiety, there is no need nor purpose. It’s a button you leave behind,

structure yourself, create a mindflow of things you do daily, set times so you know what will happen during a day. Accept your nature, embrace it, love it, create it.

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