12 – Tired much?

So Citalopram makes you yawn. I mean really yawn. I mean really yawn

It’s crazy – no matter how active or inactive I am, I get these really weird bouts of yawning that almost dislocate my jaw. I’ve noticed that when I’m going out, or about to do something stressful, it gets worse, so I’m not sure if it’s a direct reaction to the increased levels of serotonin or what, but they seem linked.

I’ve also noticed though that I’m experiencing what I can only describe as severe fatigue. I decided to do a little research on this, and it’s noted online that anxiety and depression can cause real exhaustion and fatigue. I tangented to this link: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/tiredness/index.html, which is a cool little psychomotor vigilance test. People with enough sleep and rest should score about 220. People who are very tired take 300 milliseconds. My average is about 356. And this is after an afternoon nap.

So obviously that’s something that’s getting added to the long list of “weird things about me” that I’ll be discussing with the doctor when I go back on Thursday…

  1. I’d be really interested to know what people’s scores are on the test, by the way, so please stick your answer in the comments!!

  2. 377. I think if I started the day with some exercise I would be more awake the rest of the day and wouldn’t be that stressed or anxious also. I don’t know how you manage to be on Citalopram; my personal record is 48 hrs on anti-depressant. The list of side effects of those tablets is so long that I figured anxiety, stress, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders wasn’t so bad after all compared to being on medication! Liking the comic serie at lot! 🙂

    • Glad you’re enjoying it! 🙂 The side effects, while remaining, get much, much less intense after a week or so. Everyone gets them to different degrees though, and I started off on the lowest dose. And while I can’t say they’re sorting things out for me, I do think they’re helping. At least enough to get me to therapy, which starts soon. Fingers crossed, and I’ll be keeping everyone updated with how that goes!

      377 is even higher than me! Do you sleep for long at night, or do you wake up regularly? Do you feel like napping during the day and things?

  3. dilligenz said:

    324. But was woken by small child at 4am and just completed full day of work. Not sure any conclusions can be reached. 🙂

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