Just needed a quick vent before trying to head to bed...
I have been weaning off of Lexapro. I went from 10mg to 5mg in late January. Stayed at 5mg until 10 days ago. Went down to 2.5mg (1/4 tablet) last week and then stopped it all together on Saturday. I am shocked that I am having such strong withdrawal. I have weaned off of SSRI's 3 times before (for pregnancies) and recall no side effects.
I was weepy and very impatient/irritable for the first 2-3 days and then the past 2 days have been a nightmare of constant "brain shivers", vertigo, light-headedness, extreme nausea and flu-like feeling.
I am still taking .25mg of klonopin daily - small amount, but what I have been taking. Wondering if I should increase slightly to get through this phase?
Anyway, I'm just fighting my way through it. I haven't had major panic attacks, but more health anxiety (my mind confusing the withdrawal symptoms with horrible illnesses and fear that I am going to die - lovely). And having trouble keeping my "happy" face for my kids & friends, functioning up to speed and so forth.
I finally attempted to let my hubby in a little as to what was going on with me tonight...he listened and then I could see him searching for something to say...he comes out with, "Let's turn that frown upside down" - What the frig? Are you kidding me? I'm not 2 years old! Thank goodness I see my therapist tomorrow :)
Sigh - thanks for listening...
Panic Attacks (since age 10) & General Anxiety with a little OCD thrown in there
Biggest Challenge - Panic; Biggest Joy - my 3 cute kiddos (ages 1, 2 & 5)