About a month ago, my boyfriend asked me to meet his friends for the first time. Excited to be in the honeymoon phase of a new relationship after almost two years of being single, I painstakingly curated an outfit and set off to his apartment, where a few of us would hang out and drink. Yet within 10 minutes of arriving, I panicked uncontrollably and locked myself in his bathroom to wring sweat out of my long, curly fringe with one of his towels. Needless to say, it wasn't the first impression I hoped to make.

Just a few days beforehand, I had finally spoken to a doctor about my decade-long battle with anxiety and been prescribed 20mg tablets of citalopram, also known as Celexa, a type of antidepressant that falls under the category of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Studies prove the efficacy of this medication: For example, 2016 research published in the International Journal of Neuropsychology found it regulates neurotransmitters released in the brain, helping to "overcome acute stress."

I was warned of potential side effects,