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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read thru a few posts and I see that some of you come on here just to vent, I love that! I found this site a few weeks ago but did not join untill till tonight, You all seem so sweet.
I have had anxeity for over 8 years but I began taking meds about 5 years ago.
I since have attempted to stop taking the meds, sadly the hard beating heart, sweats, and worring, mood swings, bad thoughts and the feeling of doom have come back and I can no longer take it.
I am restarting up my lexapro and I afraid!
I just took my first pill in a long time and I am thinking of the bad things it could do to me. (errr)
If only I could be normal but im not, I really think I am going to have an attack out of fear of taking this pill. Every little vibe, pain, twitch makes me think, its the pill making me sick!
I know I still have a couple weeks untill it really starts to work. I sad, happy and afraid. I just want to feel normal again!
Thanks for being here, I think this is a great group!

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   

A huge warm welcome to you hopelessly..I'm so glad you decided to join us here at HW.  We have great fun and support each other in all our crazy moods!

It's sounds like you are going through a nasty time at the moment..but please don't feel guilty or scared for going back on the lexapro..if you need it..you need it!  Try not to focus too much on what might happen, if you get some side effects just try and ride through them.  I find keeping a diary helps.  If it does get too much or you feel scared please let your doctor know. And please vent to us!!

Once again, welcome, I really look forward to your posts xx


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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi hopelessly...I think you have done the right thing going back on your meds..well done you tongue Just remember you have been down this road before...you can't go back to square one coz you have already been there done that..you have coping skills..you just gotta dust the cobwebs off them..and you will be fine in no time. I am sure you love it here at HW..and thru your own life experiences you will be able to help others as well as yourself.





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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome I am so glad you finally posted and I am really glad nervy and Jordan were here forr you
The support and friendships as well as understanding is the best IMHO
As was said you have been dowwn this road...USE the coping skills and I am glad you are back on meds

Stay with us plz

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 393
   Posted 3/26/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Hoplessly :P

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 3/26/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Don't worry! Lexapro has helped me a great deal and I am terrified of meds, but I had no side effects. I will take anything as long as it keeps me from going back to the place I was in before I. Its OK, we can't help our brain chemistry :)

Best Wishes

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 3/26/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
OH MY what a warm welcome! Thank you!

Thank you for your advice. Yes I have been down this road before and I am trying really hard to breathe! I find myself holding my breath during an attack. But thank goodness I got thru last night! It was a long night and the worst part is knowing last night was bad because I couldnt get a grip on my anxiety. I really dont think the Lexapro made me feel any side effects, I just worried myself nearly sick from thinking it might. I just couldnt get those thoughts out of my head! In fact my dear husband tried to stay up with me and comfort me but he was just so tired from driving 400miles yesterday he just kinda passed out, I felt so bad for him I did my best not to wake him.
However about 5am I woke up and went to get a glass of water and broke out in a huge sweat/hot flash and a wave of panic and I had to wake him so he could get a cold cloth for me. I love him but I really hate to both him with my attacks sometimes. He is supportive and helpful when I am in anxiety mode but again I just hate to both him with it. I almost feel bad that I can controll my attacks.

You Are All So Great! I think I will posting here more often! Thank you!

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1193
   Posted 3/26/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Hopelessly,

Welcome to the Healing Well family.  As you have already noticed, we are family here and want to help and support each other.  I am so glad that you found us!!

As others have said, don't feel bad about needing the Lexapro - that's what the medication is for, to help you through the tough times.  So use it and your coping skills and you'll do great! 

Come by and post any time, whether it's to vent, ask questions, or whatever the need may be - we'll be here for you.  Again, welcome and we look forward to getting to know you.

Take care,


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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 3/26/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Sounds like you have a great husband there..I know how hard it is/guilty you can feel when you seem to be "putting" them through all this..my partner just gently reminds me that he loves me and wants to help. He feels helpless if he doesn't and so I just have to let go and let him be my rock. (lucky me!!).

I'm sure you give him the world and would support him too if situations were reversed...try not to get the guilts..it's one more thing you don't need right now.  I'm glad you made it through the night ok...hugs xx 

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