Hi there Thomas...and welcome to healingwell. This is a great place to get the support and a lot of the answers you need right now.
I am on Lexapro right now. I got put on it at the end of June, this year. I have found it to work pretty well for me. Before the Lexapro, I was agoraphobic, severely anxious, ALL THE TIME, and I was having daily panic attacks, sometimes more than once a day. I was also extremely health anxious, and depressed, along with slightly OCD. I was taking Xanax up to four times daily.
June, and July, I took the 10 mg of Lexapro, then needed to move up to 20 mg, which is where I am now. I see many improvements. I am no longer agoraphobic, though I still feel nervous to travel too far away from home...(like I won't be going to another state anytime soon.) I am still anxious, but it is totally bearable compared to what it use to be. I have panic attacks only once in a while, compared to the old routine of panic attacks at least once a day, often times more. I still have some health anxiety, and I do feel some depression...not much though. I now use Xanax only every once in a while.
I will not say that Lexapro has put me 100% back to me, but it has for sure put me way closer to being the old me. I am not back to work yet...I am waiting til November to even think of going back to work, for several reasons.
I get out of the house every day now, and I am feeling much more, I dunno, just closer to the old Tammy. I hate taking pills, and wish I didn't have to be on them, but I am happy I have found Lexapro...I really am. I am dealing with some of the side effects, and that isn't fun, but the side effects are easier to deal with than the full blown anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Ya know?
As already stated though, everyone tolerates all drugs differently.
I wish you all the best, and I am happy you found healingwell to help you along!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off. Major health anxiety as well!
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now. I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
Best Wishes to all...Tammy