I am new to this group and kind of new to anxiety and panic attacks. I had my first anxiety attack in August 2012. My doctor put me on Ativan, which only made things worse. It caused more anxiety and the physical symptoms were unbearable. I had to do my own research to figure out why I was getting sicker instead of better. I found out it was the Ativan after being on it for over a year, and so I began the process of weaning off of it. It took me almost two years to slowly wean off of the Ativan, and I have been free of it since October 3, 2015. From that time until December 24, 2015 I had no anxiety attacks and was feeling so much better. Then on December 24 I got very sick with diarrhea and nausea, and then after a couple of hours I was having severe anxiety. Since then I have been extremely sick physically, and my anxiety has been out of control. At first I was told by the ER doc that I had a stomach bug, since that has been going around. Then I went to see my primary doc and he thought that my anxiety was causing the stomach problems. So he put me on 5mg of Lexapro. Today will be day 7 on the Lexapro. I am going on 21 days of this - feeling extremely physically sick and having horrible panic attacks. I can't eat because I become physically sick within hours, and I have lost 20 pounds in the last 21 days. Now I am having heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat, which I've read are side effects of the Lexapro. So that only makes things worse for me because it scares me. It is 2:41 in the morning and I just had another panic attack because my heart was beating funny and I couldn't sleep. I don't know how much longer I can handle this. Three weeks is too much for me. I just want to feel normal again. I feel weak, anxious, depressed, and really really scared. Please help.