Celexa #SoCS

Today’s prompt for #SoCS is “cele”. Choose a word that starts with it and go from there. I initially chose “celebrate”, but I got stuck before I even introduced my topic. Then it hit me, I’d have to choose another word: Celexa. I bet this isn’t as common a choice as “celebrate”, which I’ve seen with at least one other blogger.

Celexa is the antidepressant I’ve taken for over eight years and counting. Its generic name is citalopram. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the most commonly used type of antidepressant. It is known to help with both depression and some with obsessive and compulsive behaviors. Not that I have those a lot, but I do suffer with depression quite a bit.

That being said, I hadn’t even been diagnosed with depression when I was first put on this medication. It was used as an adjuvant to my antipsychotic, Abilify, when two increases in the dose didn’t calm my anxiety-induced irritability.

Years later, I was diagnosed with depression. This gave me the courage to finally ask for a dose increas of my Celexa. I had already had five dose increases in my Abilify and was at the highest dose, but no-one bothered to look beyond my irritability anymore. In fact, I am not sure the psychiatrist who initially put me on Celexa did.

In May of 2018, I got put on my current dose of 40mg. This is so far working quite well. I mean, even with the bad news I received this past week – and trust me, it was very bad, distressing news -, I am not falling into the pit of depression. I’m pretty sure that without my high dose of Celexa, I’d have spiraled out of control. And I don’t need that happening if I want the situation, which the bad news was about, to work out.

4 thoughts on “Celexa #SoCS

  1. First of all, even with a bottle of Celexa sitting right next to me, I never even thought of it as a cele- word! Kudos on that. I’m also glad it is working for you. I’ve had a horrible time in near-rural New England, with various insurances and then the lack of insurances, to get mental health treatment of any kind. Luckily I got in to see a gastroenterologist (of all things) to work on my IBS. Part of the treatment was a prescription for Celexa. She kept the dose low. Thank the gods I was on it, and my GP increased the dose (also to 40), because without it I would be in a horrible place. I’m not doing well even with it, but without it? I celebrate having Celexa. Sounds like you do, too.

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