I’m new to this whole world of, well all of this. I had my first “anxiety attack” beginning of January, went to ER as I didn’t know what was going on. Ran tests, sent me home with a couple days worth of Ativan. The rest of that week, it was like a flip was switched and suddenly I was completely unable to control anxiety. I was a mess. Appetite completely gone, lost 10 lbs in a matter of days, couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t work... just all of a sudden. I went to my doctor a week later and he started me on 10mg Lexapro and 1mg Ativan as needed. It’s been almost 3 weeks, and in the beginning I had a hell of a time with side effects. Pretty much had all of them. Now at nearly 3 weeks, some things have improved as far as appetite is back, anxiety is better though still there (I still take at least 0.5 Ativan a day), I have periods of the day I feel “normal” but it’s brief. The side effects I’m still dealing with are diarrhea (for the entire month of January, this has been my life) and trouble sleeping at night, and being very tired during most of the day. I seem to get some energy late evening finally, but that energy often feels like over-caffeinated or something. Jittery, restless, fidgety and I am not a fan of how that feels. I’ve experimented taking my pills at different times of day but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Will these side effects go away ever? Is this not the med for me, or do I just need to give it more time?