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I've been prescribed Lexapro 5mg and this is my 2nd day on it. Immediately after I took it I noticed a surge in positive feelings and started remembering everything that happened in my childhood that caused me to end up this way. From elemetary to high school. I journalled about all of this and it was cathartic, it has been a long time since I did anything like this. I read a lot about my condition and I think I've figured out what I have. It's probably OCD and GAD which was present uptil I was 14. I tried to control it through discipline for 2-3 years but it always got worse especially when I was exposed to social situations this past year.
So far, I've not noticed any side-effects except that I feel angry at myself for not doing anything substantial the past 8 months. And there was a time when I just felt empty, my mind was blank and I am not as obsessed over my face as I was before which might be a good thing as I had much of an emotional reaction previously when looking in the mirror. But I am not as motivated as I was before. I've noticed that I can't use worry to motivate me anymore. I just feel content/happy in the moment.
I guess this might become a journal of sorts for my mental health. 3rd day on Lexapro and I feel like I've been deficient in serotonin my entire life. Social anxiety, chronic low self-esteem, validation seeking behaviours, don't feel positive emotion strongly (I always thought that people were being fake 24/7 with their emotional reactions), being a perfectionist, chronic worrying
I do believe that Ritalin has impaired my cognition since when I took Wellbutrin which increases dopamine, my sense of smell got better, I was better able to discern emotion in people's voices etc. I'm looking towards Aswaghanda and Rhodioloa Rosea to give me that mental edge back because I feel dumb right now and I'm pretty sure I was not this way before.
I'm not judgmental against using anti-depressants as a crutch as long as one understands they don't fix any underlying issues. They just mask them. Anxiety, low self-esteem, validation seeking etc. are all learned behaviors and thought patterns which can ultimately only be fixed by action-taking, self-reflection and introspectively learning to understand onesself, identifying what's wrong and then learning to think different by acting different. It's a long and arduous progress, but it's the only way for true growth to happen.
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I know that I have to take action and fix these issues on my own. But the reason I got help was that my anxiety had gotten really bad that I was mildly hallucinating. So I thought that I might be losing touch with reality. I remember that when I took 225mg of Wellbutrin in one day(which increased anxiety/irritability), the next day I woke up and I thought that the pill looked different and my nose and ears seemed way too big. Also, when I am in crowds my vision gets really blurry. That has subsided on the SSRI, though If I am sleep deprived, I still get that feeling again.
I am beginning to figure out how and when all this began and I'm definitely getting better.
i'd recommend you taking a month before coming to any conclusions.
like termi said, ssri can mask a problem that you can solve by yourself, permanently.
there are better choices UNLESS there is a chemical inbalance making you feel anxious or depressed.
anyways the side effects incluide weight gain, erectile dysfunction, more muted emotions, more calmer feeling. you also cant stop taking it all of a sudden because of brain zaps (check that out on google)
I'm going to only try it for 5 more weeks. And I've not experienced any of those side effects yet, the few I did experience (nausea) went away after a while. I think this might be genetic since even as a child I was REALLY socially anxious(was even afraid to post on online forums). As weird as this might sound, even when I played World of Warcraft, I was afraid of chatting with people(though I did want to be around them).
BlackenGuru wrote: I'm going to only try it for 5 more weeks. And I've not experienced any of those side effects yet, the few I did experience (nausea) went away after a while. I think this might be genetic since even as a child I was REALLY socially anxious(was even afraid to post on online forums). As weird as this might sound, even when I played World of Warcraft, I was afraid of chatting with people(though I did want to be around them).
That's not genetic unless we are related.
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Terminator wrote: I'm not judgmental against using anti-depressants as a crutch as long as one understands they don't fix any underlying issues. They just mask them. Anxiety, low self-esteem, validation seeking etc. are all learned behaviors and thought patterns which can ultimately only be fixed by action-taking, self-reflection and introspectively learning to understand onesself, identifying what's wrong and then learning to think different by acting different. It's a long and arduous progress, but it's the only way for true growth to happen.
You should help people with depression (because this is the stuff that makes it go away).
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Thia is my 4th week on Lexapro and my anxiety/mood is way better than before. I think the doc prescribed lexapro cause I told him I was suicidal but my suicidal ideation was related to a mood disorder where I'd go from euphoric to suicidal in a couple of minutes due to the slightest positive or negative event. Went to a psychiatrist for that and he prescribed a mood stabiliser which is what really made me feel "normal" inside. But the lexapro did help with the slight anxiety//ocd/depression regarding life.(not girls, that's still nowhere where I want to be but it's getting better)
I understand your point regarding changing your thought patterns. And that is something I am also working on. I just feel more emotionally stable to effectively take action.
I'm just going to continue Lexapro for 4 more weeks to help with the dep/anxiety that came from my Ritalin addiction/withdrawal.
I'm probably going to be on lamictal for life as long as I don't experience any severe side effects. It helps with my physical state. I still have to work on the mental aspect but it's so much easier to just have to focus on one thing at a time.
I'm still searching for a mood stabiliser that's natural. Currently aswagandha, lava and fish oil come to mind. My Thyroid-stimulating hormone was on the low-side of normal and I do feel some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism so I'm going to try aswagandha to see if I feel better.
I am currently doing a rapid detox, and discontinuation of Lexipro and Buprofin (spelling? zero fucks given?)
I hit a point of my life where it was "hard to get out of bed" if that makes sense...
Also because once upon a time (years ago before being prescribed meds) I had a week or so where I was really excited about stuff and didn't sleep to much or make the best life decisions the doctors quickly diagnosed me with a "condition"...
My depression revolved around the life believe that "I already fucked a lot of girls now the only thing left for me to do is gain money/power/more women"... This road that I had laid in front of myself was one I was not in the least bit interested in traveling... but I was searching for a purpose in life, and at the time that was all I could find...
The meds... certainly helped me get out of bed and forge down the path to power and money... or "getting my life together" ... but really... the underlying issue was "I was on the wrong path" but with the meds I was now empowered to march down the wrong path.. if that makes sense...
As I continued to march down the wrong path... I eventually hit a spot where... I was offered to gain "power" and "sexual supremacy"... Interestingly enough, the offer wasn't presented in the English language... I don't want to get too off track here but... thankfully I was able to refuse the offer (which was more or less being shoved down my throat)... and because of that my life is in a WAY better place than ever before...
So getting back onto topic...
If u have issues with anxiety I would take the lexipro BUT ONLY WHEN UR READY TO DO GLL AA PROGRAM FULL MONTY once your AA is handled taper of the lex ASAP...
As termi said, the meds don't cure the problem, they address the symptoms.... If you can take the Lex to help you hit on girls and get going...
I feel like I'm rambling but... if u can use the meds to help cure the symptoms short term as u work to address the underlying problem... once the underlying problem is fixed u can stop takng the meds and the symptoms shouldn't come back...
hopefully this helps..
Also, Avoid Kratom. For myself and any of my prevous students... Kratom only made the anxiety worse and added an additional addiction or "complication" to the process of getting ones life together.
How long were you on Lexapro? How was the withdrawal like?
I realise my anxiety won't go away on it's own and I am currently making sure I do the things I am afraid of.
I guess the reason I decided to seek help was because I did not feel normal inside and I was panicking that I had messed up myself due to abusing Ritalin.
So I went to a GP and told him everything. He asked whether I had suicidal thoughts and I told him about my plans(which I was really scared I would act on. This is the first time where I was dead serious about killing myself). So he straight away prescribed me Lexapro.
I wasn't really seeking relief from anxiety but more the obsessive thought patter and the mood instability which have all but subsided on it. These were making it unable for me to study.
It helping with anxiety was a useful extra benefit. It did make me adopt a radically different world-view which I feel is more based In reality and more in-line with where I want to go in life.
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