My history with Lexapro -
The first two days, serious side affects, flu-like symptoms ie headache, nausea, diarrhea, jaw ache, manic.
Day three and four - a calm euphoric, speak without over analyzing, do not need Xanax, sleepy, heavy, maybe a little slow, delayed responses (example traffic lights, forgetting what I entered a room for).
Day five and six - Increased anxiety, a nice euphoric feeling though, insomnia, racing thoughts (I study about four or five hours a day, and my mind can't stop afterwards).
Because of the insomnia and racing thoughts, I took myself off the Lexapro. The second day off the Lexapro, I was extremely irritable, almost to the point of insanity, defensive driving, muttering at other drivers, paranoia about what others were thinking of me, i.e. the greeter at Walmart NEVER greets me, but greets everyone else cheerfully. In fact, he looks away and pretends to be doing something else when I walk in, and I can feel
his dislike for me. It bothered me more than usual the second day off Lexapro, to the point it actually ruined my entire day! All I could think about is, what is it about my appearance that turns this guy away? I watched how I walked in the mirror, and couldn't carry out the rest of my activities for the day because I was paranoid about the greeter at Walmart for God's sake!
Knowing that these thoughts and feelings were ridiculous and unacceptable, I decided to go back on the Lexapro because I am painfully aware of the difference when I am not on it. But i'm worried about the insomnia, literally my sleep has been cut in half which is extremely unhealthy, so I have decided to take it every otherday in hopes I will get the benefit and barring any side effects (racing thoughts, insomnia). It has taken the edge off my irritability and paranoid thoughts.
Anyone take SSRIs every other day with success?