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Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/13/2015 11:00 AM
After much resistance on my part, I finally agreed to start taking medication to cope with the anxiety disorder that has taken over my life lately.

I'm taking the generic form of Lexapro, escitalopram. The doctor wanted me to start at 10mg, but agreed to 5mg due to my concerns with starting the meds. She warned me I might get headaches or nausea, but that the side effects of Lexapro are mild. The escitalopram immediately made me feel weird and jittery within hours of first of taking it. After a horrible panic attack on day 3, I now take Ativan 0.5mg twice a day to deal with the increased anxiety.

Now I'm on day 7 of 5mg escitalopram and daily Ativan and I'm so miserable. I have unbearable agitation and anxiety and sadness from late morning to the afternoon every day. This is so much worse than before the medication. The doctor says shouldn't happen, but happens rarely, and that I should try it for another week before stopping. Has anyone else has awful agitation/anxiety/mood swings upon starting escitalopram and will it ever go away? I really want to give this a chance, but I am just so miserable.

Post Edited (lumpycomforter) : 7/13/2015 11:03:24 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/13/2015 11:17 AM
Welcome lumpycomforter, I'm happy you found us but sorry you are feeling so miserable. This is an awesome community that is like one big family that really cares and understands.

Yes, it is very normal for things to get worse before they get better when starting an AD. What you are feeling is very normal, but the good news is the side effects should only last a couple of weeks, if they last beyond 3 weeks I would talk to your doctor.

The good news is Lexapro is a very good AD, and a lot of people here take it. It works well on depression and anxiety, but it does take a good 6 to 8 weeks for it to reach full potential, so stick with it if you can and you'll come out the other side feeling better.

There is a chance that Lexapro won't work for you, everyone reacts so differently on medications, especially AD's that it is hard to say. There are tons of other ones if lexapro doesn't work, so don't give up, sometimes it is all about trial and error. I've taken so many AD's in my life, and some worked while others didn't.

Again, Welcome. Stick around and we will walk this journey with you. Support is key when you are going going thru anxiety and start up of AD's.

Please check out the top thread on the forum titled Anxiety/Panic Resources for a lot of helpful self help links.

Let us know how we can further support you and ask any questions you may have.
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Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/13/2015 12:06 PM
Thank you for the support! Hearing your thoughts gives me hope.

I had taken Prozac for adjustment disorder almost a decade ago (when I was 18-19) and don't remember any significant side effects of beginning treatment so I've been feeling discouraged by my experience with Lexapro since I was so hopeful about the medication. Of course, I was dealing with a depressive mood and not anxiety at the time. And I wouldn't go back to Prozac due to how flat and unmotivated it made me feel (took myself off after 6 months). Anxiety disorder is so debilitating. I can't wait to get my life back.

Posted By : Jake'sMom - 7/13/2015 1:11 PM
I'm taking Lexapro (escitalopram), and have been on it since last August. I went through a couple of times when the anxiety increased, but once it leveled out, I felt so much better.

I remember telling my husband that I thought I was taking too high of a dose, but I stuck with it, and the I realized it was just another little bump in the road.

There are many bumps with anxiety. It is a very unpredictable creature, so one day things are okay, and the next, we can barely function.

Please try to hang in there. Look at our resources, and try some of the exercises to help with the bad days.

We are here for you.
Stacey

Osteoarthritis, bursitis, Cervical Disc Disease - pinched nerves, Raynaud's, migraines, severe anemia, severe allergies, anxiety & PTSD

Posted By : Meeshy1 - 7/13/2015 1:45 PM
Hello!
 
I am on day 40 of 5mg of Lexapro (generic kind like you!).  I can tell you the first couple weeks I felt jittery and increased anxiety.  I was going to quit, but I kept reading good reviews.  I'm still not where I would like to be, but the headaches (which lasted about 25-30 days) are now gone and the jitteriness is gone.  I still have slight anxiety every day, so I'm going back to my doctor on Friday to see about an increase to 10mg.  I have found that my intrusive thoughts (which is what I was struggling with in the beginning) are easier to brush off and I no longer have to take Xanax in order to calm myself.  The medication, along with mindfulness and breathing, are helping it.  I did get bad insomnia when I started, so I switched to taking the medication in the mornings and taking melatonin at night (instead of Xanax) to help me sleep.  Much better!  Try and stick it out.  I know what you're going through and I promise it will get better.  It might take a couple weeks to really start feeling the effects, like others have said, but its worth it.  :-)
GAD
Lexapro-5mg
Xanax-.5mg as needed

"God gave me such a good brain that in one minute I can worry more than others do in a year"-Sholem Aleichem

Posted By : AnxietyRose - 7/13/2015 2:01 PM
Hi!
When I first started Lexapro the exact same thing happened to me, but those unwanted side effects subsided after a couple weeks and Lexapro helped me a lot.

Hang in there! The worst part is almost over and you should be feeling better soon.

Keep coming back for support, this is a great community!

Posted By : LexaHelp - 7/13/2015 3:29 PM
You are almost there, hang in there. Lexapro is suppose to be among the best SSRI's. The first week is the toughest and things will start to get better and better from there.
I am on 20mg. I have heard the worst the start up is, the better the medication will work for you in the future. My start up was not that bad and I still have some anxiety even on 20mg, but getting support from here, therapy and socialization with friends and family helps.
Do you see a therapist?
46 Year old male, Anxiety Disorder

Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/13/2015 3:37 PM
Thank you so much for all your replies. I can't tell you how much each of your responses has helped me today. Yes - I do see a therapist and she's generally great and was the one who talked me into trying medication, but she doesnt really believe that my increased anxiety and mood swings are from the medication. Im sure my tired nerves have made everything worse, but it's also heartening to hear that yes the medication is causing this and also so many of you have gotten through it to the other side. I'm going to keep toughing it out as much as I can.

I take my medication in the morning and I seem to feel the least anxious/depressed in the evening now. Did any of you notice that effect when starting the meds? Feeling good in the evening gives me hope, but then I wake up shaking and anxious (which didnt happen pre-lexapro) and feel so disheartened.

Posted By : Meeshy1 - 7/13/2015 5:55 PM
Yes!! I would say the first 2-3 weeks I would feel much better in the evenings and like you, would wake up in the morning feeling more anxious. It does get better though. I started to wake up feeling good and less anxious as the days passed. Not to say I still don't have my bad mornings, but they are few and far between so I know it's doing doing something right! I hope after the doctor says its ok to increase my dosage, it will get me where I would like to be. Hang in there! You're doing good :)
GAD
Lexapro-5mg
Xanax-.5mg as needed

"God gave me such a good brain that in one minute I can worry more than others do in a year"-Sholem Aleichem

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 7/13/2015 7:30 PM
L.C.

So glad that you have gotten great support...stories with happy endings...and feel relieved and more hopeful after posting!!! :)

Just want to add my support!

We are cheering you on...you can do it!

Use those coping skills...and keep posting!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : arharvey10 - 7/13/2015 8:48 PM
The first three weeks I was on lexapro were hell for me. I was having daily panic attacks. Then weeks four and five I felt my regular anxiety from before I started. about halfway through the fifth week I started to feel some relief. Takes a while but stick it out! Better to wait it out and get results then going back to hopeless!

Posted By : Hibee - 7/14/2015 3:31 AM
Hi lumpycomforter

Welcome to the forum I am pleased you have found us as you can see you will get good support here.

Unfortunately it is the norm to feel worse before you start to feel better again and the first few weeks of starting a new medication can be tough but things usually settle so stick with it if you can. I used to take escitalopram and found it to be a very good AD so I hope it works well for you.

stay with us and keep posting we are here for you.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

Posted By : Hibee - 7/14/2015 3:34 AM
Hi Artharvey10

I see this is your first post well done on reaching out to others and welcome to the forum you will find good support here.

Feel free to start your own thread anytime.

I am pleased to here the escitalopram is working well for you now I hope you continue to see improvements.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

Posted By : granitegirl - 7/15/2015 4:58 PM
I experienced the same jitteriness, agitation, and anxiety when i started taking Lexapro (Escitalopram). Dr. told me to start and 10 mg and it was miserable. I went down to 5 mg, but don't feel as though i'm getting all the benefits that I could because I'm not taking 10. I'm afraid that I will have the same side affects and I do not want to go through that again. I have had anxiety and panic attacks for about 7 years now and wish there was some magic pill to make life normal again. Life is just not as fun and enjoyable as it used to be. I like i'm sure most people suffering from this feel like they are being punished for something they've done, otherwise why would we be subjected to deal with these emotions. I try and say that I'll take it day by day, but in the midst of an attack all rational thinking goes to the wayside and pure panic sets in. I feel for and understand what all of your are saying. Wish some of you lived closer as I think real friendships could be formed. Hope you all have a great rest of your day.

Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/15/2015 7:54 PM
Hello granitegirl and Welcome to the anxiety forum, I'm happy you found us but sorry that you are experiencing anxiety.

It is true that you might get some side effects from increasing your dose, but then again there is a chance you won't. You'll never know unless you take that leap and take a chance and increase it. 5mg is a very low dose and you're probably missing out on feeling better by not increasing. Side effects suck, but usually they only last a couple of weeks, and then start to get better. If you could stick with it thru the side effects, you will come out the other side.

I wish there was a magic pill to cure us all too, but sadly there isn't and what works for one might not work for the next. It is all about trial and error when it comes to finding the right medicine that works for us.

What coping skills do you use to treat your anxiety? Are you in therapy or have you been in therapy? I can better help you if I know the answers to these questions.

In the meantime, Please consider starting a thread of your own, by clicking on the Post New Topic button on the upper left of the forum. Since you posted in an existing thread alot of people will miss your post and not be able to welcome you, by making your own post more people will see it and be able to help and encourage you.

I look forward to getting to know you better, know that we are like one big happy family here and we care and understand, many friendships are formed here so stick around and I'm sure you'll make friends too.

Also check out the top thread on the forum, titled Anxiety/Panic Resources for a lot of helpful links on coping skills and other information on anxiety.
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Posted By : WantToBe"Normal" - 7/16/2015 8:49 AM
I had to take Xanax daily until my Lexapro kicked in. I noticed mark improvement at 3 weeks. Now I vow never to go off-wonder drug for me. Hang in there. Starting a new med is very hard and scary.
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Lexapro 10mg, Xanax .5mg (as needed), Lunesta 2mg (as needed)
Currently: Neuro Feedback, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, meditation, being present.

Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/16/2015 9:00 AM
This is my anxiety speaking I'm sure, but now on day 10 of 5mg (still having anxiety/jittery/mood swing side effects, but slowly getting better maybe?) I'm starting to have doubts about the medication itself.

I was on a low dose of Prozac for depression about a decade ago, and I went off of it after about 6 months because I hated how emotionally numb I felt. I had little interest in my friends, my boyfriend, food, all the things I used to enjoy. I couldn't really laugh or feel giddy or feel joy. I've heard elsewhere that people who have this experience of "emotional numbing" with one SSRI will have this experience with all SSRIs. I want help with anxiety, but I don't want to go back into that emotionless haze. Does anyone have any words of support from personal experience?

Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/16/2015 9:16 AM
Hi Lumpy, your concern is a normal one, a lot of people feel the same way so know you are not alone.

Yes, some SSRI's can make you feel numb, BUT not all of them. It really is trial and error sadly, we never know how we are going to feel until we try. I wish I could tell you that you will not feel numb on this one, but I can't tell you that.

However, you have only been on it for 10 days, and I think it is worth it for your own mental health to see it thru. Lexapro is a very good medicine and many here take it and have great results with it.

If after taking it for 2-3 months and it isn't working or making you feel numb then I would talk to your doctor, about taking something different, maybe a SNRI instead.

Wishing you the best, keep us updated ... And post anytime you have questions or simply need some support. :)
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Posted By : Meeshy1 - 7/16/2015 9:27 AM
Lumpycomforter,

I'm still having side effects of 5mg on Lexapro and I'm day 43. They are MUCH MUCH milder than they were in the beginning and much more tolerable. I think for me, I just need to increase my dose to get the full effect, but I still get jittery, still have anxiety, but I am so much better then I was 43 days ago. Hang in there! Our bodies work in different ways. And even with some of the side effects, I'm still glad I'm on it.
GAD
Lexapro-5mg
Xanax-.5mg as needed

"God gave me such a good brain that in one minute I can worry more than others do in a year"-Sholem Aleichem

Posted By : Rei - 7/16/2015 9:49 AM
Honestly, I believe you need to understand how your body works first. Also therapy is the perfect way to go about it.
We are not alone in this fight. We have support. We can conquer ourselves.
Mild Anxiety. (GAD) - No drugs. Natural remedies. It will pass, I will emerge a normal person again - Myself.

Biochemist major - my condition has sparked my innate interest in researching this. How surprising.

Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/17/2015 10:53 AM
Day 11 of 5mg Lexapro. I'm still jittery in the afternoon, but I'm also tapering off the lorazepam (Ativan) I was taking to deal with these side effects because I'm worried about benzo withdrawal (never gone through it -- sounds horrible).

Still uncertain about the medication, but today around noon when I was feeling weird and jittery and started my usual inadvisable googling of worst case scenarios, I started getting the feeling I get right before a panic attack but then was able to talk myself out of it before it escalated! Which is HUGE. I'm been totally out of control of my panic attacks for almost this whole year! I'm assuming this is the medication? I hope so. I still feel like myself at this point of course early in the treatment, but the ability to control my obsessive negative thoughts would be wonderful.

I kind of hope 5mg will be therapeutic for me because I really don't want to deal with the crazy side effects of upping the dosage again. And as I mentioned, I fear the emotional numbing effect of SSRIs.

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 7/17/2015 12:06 PM
LC,

The fact that you were able to self-calm yourself from a full blown attack is HUGE progress! Celebrate this...not just for this victory...but for the future assurance it provides that you can do this again! :)

When you are tempted to google symptoms...instead, go to our Resources and pick a new coping skill to work on...

...it will be productive time well spent, and you won't regret it. No one ever walks away from a google search thinking:

"I feel so releived" ;p ;p ;p

Again, congrats on your victory over your threatening panic attack today...may your progress continue!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/23/2015 12:13 PM
Thank you again everyone SO MUCH for all your support. You all really helped me through my initial adjustment period.

I'm now on day 17 of 5mg generic Lexparo and things are much better than they were when I first posted. Most of the initial side effects have faded away, and now when I start to have negative thoughts or feelings of panic I am able to rationalize them away or replace them with more positive thoughts. Therapy and Lexapro definitely should be used in conjunction for full effect.

I recently started getting extremely sleepy/groggy in the afternoon. I take Lexapro in the morning, and my NP warned me that once the insomnia side effect goes away, I might want to switch to taking it at night so I might try that if the grogginess sticks around.

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 7/23/2015 1:04 PM
tongue turn smilewinkgrin cool

Awesome update! Thanks for checking in with your good news...and may your progress continue!

Hopefully with time and/or adjustments in your dosage schedule the fatigue will pass soon.:)

Keep posting!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/23/2015 2:35 PM
So happy you are doing better and I'm glad the side effects have wore off, the worse part is behind you and only better things lay ahead.

keep us updated on your progress and keep using those coping skills.
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Posted By : Aus_Dad - 7/23/2015 7:23 PM
Hi all, don't want to hijack the thread but would also like some support about Lexapro.

This is day 7 for me on 20mg after 6 months of 25mg of Paxil. I swapped straight over with no taper and to be honest I've been feeling kinda average. My head is a lot "clearer" which is why I wanted to try something else, but I'm experiencing some breakthrough anxiety. Is this to be expected and how long do you think it will last?

Posted By : Hibee - 7/24/2015 2:12 AM
Hi

Happy to hear you are doing better.

Keep us posted.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/24/2015 6:48 AM
HI Aus_Dad, break thru anxiety is a known side effect of starting an AD and actually is one of the main symptoms that most people experience with any of the AD's. It should start getting better after 2 or 3 weeks, it's important to use your coping skills during this phase of start up.
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Posted By : lumpycomforter - 7/24/2015 11:53 AM
Day 18 on 5mg now!

The fatigue and fuzzyness today is even more intense than yesterday. While the first two weeks on Lexapro it felt like I was overcaffeinatedall the time, now it feels like crazy caffeine withdrawal. I have a crushing headache and my body is achy and exhausted and I can't concentrate. I'm not anxious, but I'm so tired and feel drugged. I've been getting my usual 7-8 hours of sleep. Has anyone else had this experience of new side effects in the 3rd week?

I hear about people having no or minor side effects going straight onto 10mg, so I feel like a crazy person having such a roller coaster on 5mg.

Post Edited (lumpycomforter) : 7/24/2015 11:59:16 AM (GMT-6)


Posted By : AngelLisa - 7/24/2015 4:06 PM
It isn't abnormal to have different side effects in the beginning of taking an AD. You just started not to long ago, however if the symptoms get worse or don't go away by the end of the 4th week I would call your doctor and tell him whats going on.

You are doing awesome, Keep on Fighting, You got this! :)
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Posted By : Hibee - 7/25/2015 2:46 AM
Hi

Thanks for the update.

The first few weeks of starting an AD can be rocky and things normally get worse before they start to get better again which is weird I know but from my experience that's what seems to happen.

I would stay in contact with your doctor and if things don't start to improve in the next couple of weeks then go back and speak with your doctor.

Keep us posted.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, 30mg Mirtazapine , Haloperidol 2mg per day, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

Posted By : lumpycomforter - 8/4/2015 10:14 AM
Just an update! I'm at 4 weeks on 5mgs Lexapro and I can see a huge improvement. I feel much more level! I just took a long weekend vacation and was able to actually relax out of town for the first tjme in almost a year! The trip involved so many things that usually cause me anxiety: driving, unfamiliar places, driving through a tunnel, socializing in a large group of people I dont know well, and I had a great time! I can tell that the lexapro has had a huge effect on my social anxiety (im able to freely express myself without my constant internal criticism and second guessing).

I'm not 100% better, but im getting closer. I feel hopeful!

Posted By : Risen - 8/4/2015 10:37 AM
Awesome! Glad to hear that you're doing better and managed to have a fun and relaxing vacation!

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 8/4/2015 11:13 AM
cool tongue turn smilewinkgrin Great news!!!

Thanks for updating us...and may your progress continue! !

So happy to hear you had a great trip as well...you deserved that break!

Keep us updated,

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : Jake'sMom - 8/4/2015 4:21 PM
That is great! I'm so very happy for you.
Stacey

Osteoarthritis, bursitis, Cervical Disc Disease - pinched nerves, Raynaud's, migraines, severe anemia, severe allergies, anxiety & PTSD

Posted By : Aus_Dad - 8/4/2015 6:28 PM
Awesome news lumpy

Posted By : AliceD - 3/29/2017 10:53 AM
I started on 10mg of Lexapro several weeks ago. I was having terrible insomnia. My doctor cut my dose to 5 mg. The first couple of days I slept better but since then the insomnia has returned. I don't know if I should give up or keep trying and hope that the insomnia will improve. My mood has lightened so I feel it is effective. Any thoughts or advice from anyone?

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 3/29/2017 12:35 PM
Hi AliceD and welcome!

I am sorry you are experiencing this common effect of Lexapro...it is pretty known to be an activating med.

Just a simple troubleshoot first...are you taking your pill in the a.m.?

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Posted By : hopingforhappiness - 10/4/2017 9:09 AM
I just began on Lexipro generic version for my depression/anxiety. I have always had anxiety and I feel maybe depression has always plagued me. I am hoping this journey works as I really screwed up my marriage and family and I am trying to fix it all now by trying to start with fixing myself and getting in shape and trying to treat my constant sadness and woa is me...

Has Lexipro helped anyone in the same type of situation?

Posted By : Scaredy Cat - 10/4/2017 12:08 PM
Hi hopingforhappiness and welcome!

I applaud you for taking the steps you have in an effort to feel your best, and improve your relationships. This takes much courage and effort...so well done!

Medication can be an excellent tool. Of course, it is not a one size fits all type of result, so while getting informed is a good idea...take other's experiences as simply a guideline, since everyone will have their own unique reaction to any given Rx.

Medication is only part of a well rounded anxiety (and depression) management plan, so I always recommend therapy and self help as well.

For the latter, please see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great material you can get started on right away.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. You can start your own new thread of introduction for yourself so more members can recognize you as a new member and welcome you. smile

We care, understand and support is key, so share anytime!

Scaredy Cat
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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