My History with Anxiety/Depression and Lexapro

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   Posted 9/8/2017 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking 10 mg of Lexapro for the first time a couple of years ago to help with some anxiety and depression. I was going through some relationship troubles at the time and those ended in a broken engagement. I stayed on it for about 10 months then stopped because I was just taking it temporarily to get through that season of my life. Shortly after I had gum surgery and after a week of taking antibiotics I was hit with the worst anxiety I've ever had in my life. I went back on Lexapro for 6-7 months only to stop again once I felt I had rebuilt my gut from antibiotics. I was off it for about 2-3 months and mostly felt fine but once again I was hit with some bad anxiety so I went back on it. This time I stayed on for 8-9 months then weaned off very slowly (7.5 for a month, 5 for a month, 2.5 for a month then stopped). I've been off it for about 2 months now and I've mostly felt fine. However, these past couple weeks I've started feeling anxiety creeping back again.

Am I dependent on Lexapro now? I know it's not addictive but it just seems that I can't ever get back to how I was before I started taking it. It does work for me when I'm on it but I just don't want to be dependent on it and I don't want to deal with the weight gain and tiredness from it. I've never really had anxiety problems (outside of situational) until after I started taking it. I'm a 33 year old male if that helps. Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/8/2017 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BB and welcome!

No, I don't believe that you are dependent on the Lexapro...

...however, some people can benefit from the help in anxiety management that medication can restore a balance in the brain's nueotransmitters.

Of course medication is just on facet of recovery. Have you also explored therapy and self help coping skills? Some people find this is sufficient for their treatment.

Looking to find the right regimen for yourself in order to feel your best is key. With continued efforts you will each your goals.

Post with us anytime for support. We understand, care and are here to talk whenever you need encouagement.

Scaredy Cat

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 9/9/2017 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the forum you will find good support here.

Sorry to hear you are dealing with anxiety it's tough to live with.

Medications can be helpful but as SC mentioned they are just one facet of a recovery plan with talking therapy such as CBT being the other good option so speak with your GP about getting a referral.

Keep us posted and have a look at our resources for some good links to self help sites on the web.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day
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