I'm on Lexapro for GAD and I was on 5MG for about 7 weeks and nothing... then I moved up to 10 MG and I just hit 6 weeks and I still don't feel all much better. I still have unwanted thoughts, racing thoughts, feel like I'm going crazy or losing my mind, derealization, sometimes depersonalization and my heart rate increases. I feel really hopeless and still being a teenager doesn't help at all. I feel like I have to be like this for the rest of my life. I can get anxiety off my mind sometimes like when I'm working or at school, but it always ends up coming back. I've been dealing with anxiety since I was about 12 and just started taking SSRI last month. (Now 17) Throughout those years I had no idea I had GAD until last month. And I've gotten it off my mind a couple of times. Like for example during last school year I got most of my anxiety off my mind for quite a while, but during summer this year it all came back and feels worse. I feel hopeless but not necessarily depressed. I still laugh and talk to my friends but I just don't feel like me. It's really hard to explain but I hope you know what I am saying and I hope that I don't sound crazy.
Your not alone i have been suffering for anxiety and depression since I was very young. I've been on lexapro for about a year and a half now. It has its benefits and downfalls. Since I started lexapro I'm back in school and have a good job I'm 22 by the way. It took me a good 6 months for it to fully kick in. You need to give it time your body is probably still adjusting to the medication. The same side effects happened to me. It's hard but you just need to stay strong and be patient. Another word of advice something that may work for me may not work for you and the other way around. When I got perscribed a new medication I use to go home and google it right away and there's more negative stories on the internet than positive. It always made me doubt the medication and gave me more anxiety because I was thinking about all the possible side effects. The biggest down fall I've had with lexapro so far is I kinda feel like a zombie. Its done wonders for my anxiety but a lot of days recently I've been lacking emotion. I'm not sure if maybe this means I need to cut back a little. Im usually a very adventurous and creative person. Lexapro has gotten me through some tough times tho. I know I'm rambling lol I hope I've been some sort of help. By the way I'm the exact same way when I'm in school and keeping busy my anxiety seems to disapear and comes occasionly but not much. And when summer break comes around It comes back. When I don't have anything to keep me occupied my mind starts to race. I think about everything and worry about everything and I get horrible anxiety attacks. I've always had bad anxiety during summer breaks since I was in middle school. I work in homecare and a lot of what I do is sitting around all day. So that doesn't help my anxiety ethier. That's something to think about tho when you decide what you want to do after high school. I realized I could never have an office job or seddentary job. Keeping busy being on my feet and on the go helps a lot.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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