Hi David... Welcome to Anxiety Zone! I am sorry to hear about the problem you are having with anxiety and panic attacks.
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Reading over the two topics that you posted today, I see that you were on Celexa, 20 mg. You indicated that it wasn't working for you, and you stopped taking it after a month. Since you deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I think that you should have an understanding as to how anti-depressants work.
Anti-depressants don't work like other medications that you are familiar with. When you take aspirin for a headache, you expect to see some results in 30-60 minutes. Anti-depressants do not work that way. They actually encourage the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus region of the brain, where brain cells have been damaged by stress hormones such as cortisol. Because of this mechanism of action, anti-depressants take time to work. One will usually see degrees of improvement over a period of 3 to 12 weeks.
So, you really weren't on the Celexa long enough to really show any improvement. You were also on the lowest therapeutic dose, meaning there was plenty of room to increase the dosage.
I am also on Celexa, 20 mg. I have been on it for 4-5 months now, and feel some 90% better.
I actually see a psychiatrist for my mental health needs. She has given me a diagnosis of GAD/panic attacks/depression, has developed a treatment plan for me, and prescribes my medication.
Again, David, welcome to Anxiety Zone. The very best to you!... Chuck