I have been taking the generic for Lexapro for over a year. During that time period I have no more or less suicidal ideation than at the beginning. During that year about the only thing that changed, and helped I think, was adding Lithium. I do not think anything can wipe out or even greatly diminish the anguish I feel. Sometimes real life circumstances cannot be overcome. Concentrating on diminishing the symptoms which will never go away isn't about having a better life, it is about how to live in misery a little more comfortably and longer. Each person ultimately decides for him or her self how much misery they can endure and how long they can endure it.