Hi SAS. I have Ulceratice Colitis (for almost 15 years now). I know how you feel. I am in Law Enforcement and all the Anxiety and Pains finally got to me. I have had many bad flares that lasted for months. I always go down to less than 90 pounds and every joint in my body gets inflamed and hurts very badly. The anxiety affected my driving skills and I was getting more angry and depressed. I hate Meds becasue I always get Horrible side effects. I fought going on Lexapro ,but finally had to give in. I had side effects right away. I was very sleepy(I am usually Extremely energetic), had very bad headaches and sweat a lot for no reason. This all went away after 2 months. I feel so great and was very happy that there was no weight gain or sexual side effects. I feel so wonderful now and am much happier and laughing again. My colitis symptoms have even calmed down. I have been on Lexapro for rmonths and am only on 7.5 Mgs. Good Luck to you and remember that you may have to stick ou the side effects for a bit.