I am 20, last year of college and my self-confidence issues are making me suffer from extreme social anxiety and social phobia (so I'm told by my psychotherapist) and mild to severe depression. I love to be in social situations but I've always had trouble holding conversation with people I'm meeting for the second time when all the formalities and pleasantries are gone. I have never taken anything like this before but my local doctor recommended it. Can anybody relate to this and if so, did it help these problems or affect them at all? If any more information is needed about my situation to help you get a better understanding of my would-be reactions to the drug, I will be happy to oblige.
Lexapro can be a great help with anxiety and phobia. I get nervous in situations like you describe myself. I sometimes will feel a panic attack coming on, but after 4 months on Ativan to take care of them, I learned through therapy some techniques to help stop a panic attack in its tracks without the need of medication. And most of the time, it works. I am very happy to be off the drugs. But medication can be a true benefit, so try it, and hopefully Lexapro will be the one that works for you. If its not, don't hesitate to tell your therapist, and ask to try something else. Its your right to be treated and to find a medication therapy to help you through your anxiety. Best Wishes!!
im personally on zoloft and i have had some feed back from friends saying that im a little more social on this (its another anti-depressant) but im not where i want to be some im seeing a [psychiatrist about getting something like klonopin or valium (something i dont have to take daily since these are benzodiazepines and can become addictiveand these meds have a half life of 40 hr (klonopin) and 100 (valium metabolites)
cognitive behavioral therapy great for anxiety and depression disorders
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