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Would taking Celexa and Xanax cause me to doubt reality?

Asked by blackenedbloodred (102points) December 28th, 2010

Sometimes I forget if the story I retell is fiction or non-fiction. It happens when people react greatly with amazement or shock. I have to stop and really think if the events REALLY happened or if it was just a dream! Is this normal? I don’t think so! I just want to know what’s going on….. I’m also on 40mg of Celexa (Citalopram) and Xanax (Alprozolam) for bad days. Sometimes I question myself if I’m also Bipolar, because I have really bad mood swings and tend to want to isolate myself more than usual. I also have my mania episodes, where I feel so alive and happy and giddy, talk constantly, then I crash later. I get extremely depressed and withdrawn from reality. Any advice? or helpful info?

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wundayatta's avatar

Depends. If you are able to fool yourself into believing something just by telling the story enough, then you could be losing touch with reality. To some extent, I think we all do this, simply because our memories are not perfect. Where we don’t remember something, we might make it up, just to make the story make sense.

I don’t think it’s that abnormal. It all depends on how much you do it. If you do it all the time, I think that’s pretty unusual. But all of us do it some of the time. I don’t k now where the boundary between normal and abnormal is.

Is there any particular reason why this worries you?

blackenedbloodred's avatar

Yes, it happens quite alot actually! I’m on depression pills taking Celexa @ 40mg and a back-up of Xanax for bad days… It worries me because I HATE questioning myself in front of people. Obviously, people will tend to question you as well on the long run. I also think I may be bipolar…. I don’t know if the Celexa is really doing its job right or if I have to up the ante.

downtide's avatar

I’ve been on Celexa but not Xanax, and it was for depression rather than bipolar. But I found that the Celexa didn’t affect me in that way at all.

janedelila's avatar

@blackenedbloodred I answered your other question with “dissociative” and I’d like to say it again. I am on both Celexa and Xanax, although I have cut the Celexa down a lot and rely more on the Xanax. And yes, I do sometimes wonder “Did that really happen?”. Do you sometimes feel that “another” you did these things, or that you may have done them without remembering?

blackenedbloodred's avatar

@janedelila I haven’t felt like “another” me has done this, BUT yea sometimes I think or I’ve been told that I’ve dont it without remembering. My memory’s not so reliable nowadays, I need back-up!

Blueroses's avatar

Have you ever tried keeping a daily journal? I find that when I’m good about doing it, I can start to identify triggers for bad days and also keep track of reality.

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