I'm about to start Lexapro for the first time tomorrow, I've never taken medication for anxiety before, my question is, I have a date this week & from what I have read, the first couple of weeks of using Lexapro, anxiety can get worse, I dont want it to show during my date, usually i would order a drink since my first dates are always at bars. How would you all recommend i tackle this? Should I just have a drink or 2, usually I'll have about 2 to 3 and a half drinks with my date, will it be OK to do this? Or should I take Valium instead? Prior to this medication, I dont really get that anxious in bars because of the drink or two that i consume. I've had generalized & social anxiety for 7 years now and I've been prescribed 10mg. Any help with be appreciated! Usually when I consume the alcohol it loosens me up and I'm able to connect with people easier, other details, I'm 27 and a male
No offense but maybe set your priorities. I have done what you are doing in the past and it did not work. Getting loosened up with alcohol doe work but it is like using a drug to help that eventually you outgrow and need more. It had been difficult for me to determine a course3 of action given my low self-esteem. Now, in my old age, I have wisdom. Showing the strength of being a determined non-drinker should appeal to any potential date I would have. If not, should keep looking. Eliminating and controlling anxiety/depression supersedes all other activities.
I am on 10mg Lexapro have been for 9 weeks. It has saved my life. I spent 3 years sleeping and yes drinking wine to quell the pain and anxiety. I am 65 and female. I have had depression and anxiety on and of for over 35 years. Honestly, not drinking at all for about 3 months now has also done wonders. I have lost 50 lbs, have tons of energy and creativity again.
Think about what you really want. If it is long term wellness then go for the Lexapro if your doctor has recommended it. Alcohol is a depressant and it took me many years to figure it out.
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