I was on Lexapro 5mg for GAD and for about 3 weeks until I had a panic attack and now my doctor moved me up to 10mg and it has been 1 1/2 weeks now and I have felt some difference, but I'm still having trouble with my thoughts. I am still thinking a lot about why I do the things I do, and depersonalization. Has anyone experienced the same things? I just feel hopeless and constantly worrying if Lexapro will work for me. Also how does Lexapro help with this? Sometimes I feel like this is all in my head and feel like I can't get rid of these thoughts.
So before i start i just want to say that this is only my personal experience, everyones body is different and im definitely not a qualified medical professional just a patient. i started getting horrible panic attacks almost 2 weeks ago for no reason. one day i was perfectly fine the next i was hyperventilating and unable to stay in the barber shop and had to go to the emergency room. i really dont know if citalopram works because it did nothing for me for days and i think it may have disturbed my sleep and made it worse. in fact its given me depression the last few days . what i will say that works like a miracle drug is clonazepam. as much as i didnt like the thought of being addicted to a drug what it does for you will have you thanking God for this medication. when i got both of my prescriptions from the doctor, at first i only started citalopram and not the clonazepam because i didnt like the idea of taking a controlled substance or the idea of addiction like many other people. my panic attacks were 24-7 and never subsided until i started that benzo. i literally couldnt eat, couldnt shower, couldnt talk, no one could speak to me, no tv , no videogames, no work , NOTHING. sleep was my only escape and i would wake up in the middle of the night having panic attacks. i could never have typed a sentence on this website or i would be in the hospital with my heart breaking through my chest cage. after the first night of taking the benzo clonazepam the next day i was able to maintain a conversation for an hour although still having extreme anxiety and panic but i did notice the difference. each day after that got noticeably better until my panic attacks have completely gone. i still get the anxiety and panic feeling but its no where near what it used to be at all and i am able to not only control it better but i can play videogames and do what i used to like doing and soon i think i'll be back at work. if worst case scenario you need clonazepam for the rest of your life its not the worst thing in the world and you have to remember that it will be way better then dealing with debilitating panic attacks that leave you unable to do anything in life. at least now i can laugh and experience joy. i have a strong feeling i'm going to need this for the rest of my life and i'm happy with it, what im not going to do is continue citalopram forever or mix different kinds of pills like seraquil or whatever other drugs people take because i dont know what the side effects will be for mixing a bunch of drugs short and long term and this seems to be working fine for me ( again this is just my personal opinion and experience, i'm not a doctor or psychiatrist). i'll give cilatopram a chance for alittle while but i dont like how it makes me feel 2 weeks in, last night after taking it by itself hours before the clonazepam it made me feel depressed and that honestly wont help with panic attacks so im now wondering how ssri's really affect panic disorder patients especially since they have a history of giving panic attacks to people who take them just for depression and had no history whatsoever of panic attacks in their life which is very very scary. at first while i was taking clonazepam because of how severe my panic and anxiety was i was taking it 3 times a day. i broke a .5mg pill in half for the morning, noon, and a whole .5 at night before bed . now i improved so much i dont even need to take them during the day anymore i just take it before i go to bed. best of luck to you and i know things will get better just dont give up. ( if any forum moderators see this exact post word for word on other questions its only because i DO NOT want to type out a page for every specific question regarding panic disorders, this isnt spam or a robot etc. )
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