Welcome to HW! -- So glad you found us: you'd be amazed how many people have worried about just this issue :)
The main thing to remember is that different meds work differently for different people: some people have had amazing success from this med, and others have found it unhelpful or have had strange side effects. -- I'm sure you'll hear from both sides! The thing to remember is to monitor things -- especially after the first couple of weeks as many meds have side effects to begin with that are very short term (1-2 weeks, sometimes less) and you don't want to give up at the first sign. For instance, I take citalopram, and the first few days I feel very queasy and spaced-out (actually, that in itself is a blessing after all the anxiety and depression), but then it clears up and the med does wonders for me -- returns me to my usual self.
Also, I had taken other meds before that didn't work for me but have done for many others on these boards. As I say, different meds for different folks -- a bit of trial and error at times! But when you find the right one, you'll know -- and the great hting is that this one could be it. Be brave and try it: after all, you can always come off it again if it's not helping. (I'm pretty paranoid myself when I'm off meds, so this message is a sure sign that mine are working!!!)
Let us know how you go hun.
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