Lexapro for depression and anxiety

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   Posted 7/26/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All, I have been suffering from anxiety for years and have recently fallen into bouts of depression that can hit hard. I recently just graduated from school and started a new job 600 miles from home a few months ago. The results was increased anxiety and mild depression. I was prescribed with Lexapro that I plan to start taking in a couple of days.

My biggest concerns are with the side affects that I've been reading about and the fact that I live alone. I have not had any suicidal thoughts and am close with my family I call at home that I miss a lot. I am trying to keep a positive outlook on what the medication can may do and just started counseling. If anyone has any thoughts or similar experiences, I would greatly appreciate feedback.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
hi ryan, jamie here,
been on lexapro, a very strong anti-dep that targets the chemical imbalances in the brain. common side-effects are the brain zapps, a lot get it, a lot do not. it is known to be very benefical for major depressive disorders. keep the counselling up. you may require an anti-anxiety medication? also effexor xr is very good for depression and anxiety disorders as it has a mild sedating quality. meditation and anything that de-stresses you will also help. communication, and honest communication is key -esp with doc and therapist, and for yourself. thx 4 your courage in posting. keep doing so - we care.
jamie, male, 37
dx, mdd, severe borderline personality disorder.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to welcome you to Healing Well & also to share with you that I was on Lexapro & did not get any side effects from it.  I reacted to a lot of other meds.  My psych said that while people can react to any of the anti-depressants, Lexapro is less likely to cause side effects than most of the other newer anti-depressants.  Hope that helps to put your mind at ease a bit.  Of course, if you do get any side effects, be sure to let your doctor know.  If they are very serious, it sounds like you have a great, supportive family who can get you any help you need.
Take care & keep posting. :)
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ryan,

I take effexor. It is a close cousin to lexapro. And I don't have any side effects. I think the only time I had bad brain zaps is when I tried to go off of it. I did go off of it but realized that I needed it. So I have been on it for years.

I hope that the lexapro works good for you. And was stated above, meditation really helps with anxiety. And it lets us know that we are in control of our minds and bodies. I think you would benefit from that. Also it is great that you are starting therapy. I have been going for years and it has really helped me a lot. So that is good that you are going. Let us know how everything comes out. And keep posting. There are a lot of wonderful members here.

Best wishes,

Hugs, Karen
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