My Experience with Lexapro and Social/Generalized Anxiety: Stick With It!
The first week or two of taking Lexapro, I felt anxious, tense, and depressed. It literally made me feel worse - IN THE SHORT TERM. This is a side effect of your body adjusting to this new drug. That's why doctors commonly prescribe benzos like Xanax for the first 2-3 weeks, so you can transition smoothly onto Lexapro. The key to SSRIs like Lexapro is that it takes 4-6 weeks for you to feel their real effects. When you feel depressed or anxious 4-6 seems like an eternity. Thoughts tend cross your mind like, "What if this doesn't work and I'm wasting my time?" but, in order to benefit from the drug, you MUST wait out the short-term negative side effects. Remind your self each day: I'm getting better each day, even though I might not feel like it right away. Your mental attitude is as important as the drug(s). Make it your goal to be strong for 1 month, until the drugs can take effect. Start with: I'm going to be strong and persistent for this hour. Apply the same attitude to the following hour. By doing this, you'll keep yourself busy with staying strong, and a day will pass. Apply this to the week. Weeks will accumulate and eventually, a month will have passed and should start feeling the effects of Lexapro. Between weeks 4 and 6 you should start to notice some improvement. In my case, I noticed a vast improvement by week 3. I've been on it for 6 weeks and I feel natural, calm, optimistic, without feeling intoxicated. Stick with it and keep reminding yourself, despite nagging doubts: through strength, persistence, and the medication, I'm getting better every day.
Last edited by crobins; 03-27-2012 at 08:06 AM.