I feel like a big baby here because I really didn't give this drug much of a chance, but I want to relay what happened to me, see if anyone else experienced the same things and decide if I should give it another try.
Recently my anxiety has returned after a respite of about a year. I had been on Celexa a couple of years ago and it did seem to help the depression part of my anxiety (I wasn't crying or worrying as much) but I still had some side effects - edginess and repetitive thoughts. So when I started to feel better I went off it and was fine for quite a while. Recently I decided to go to a psychiatrist for the first time in many years to try and work on my health anxiety which has plagued me for my entire life and while there he thought I should go on Lexapro (he said it was a "perfected" form of Celexa). Anyway, I was only on it for about four days (don't they say it takes 2-3 weeks to get into your system) but immediately I started back with the edginess and repetitive thoughts. I had really forgotten that I had those same things with Celexa so I was convinced it MUST be the medication - but could that happen so quickly or am I just being paranoid? Then a day or two aftr going off it, I had the worst anxiety attack I've had in a year or more.....so I don't know if I stopped too suddenly or not. Anyway some people on this site seem to think Lexapro is great so I'm wondering if I just haven't given it enough time. Anyway, I have always believed, and continue to believe, that any depression I have is caused by the anxiety which has been the most prevalent condition during the course of my life. And I still find that Xanax (even though docs seem to hate to prescribe it) does the best for me - it "calms" that shakiness that is always there and seems to put me in a much more "calm" frame of mind. Well, just let me know your thoughts - this site is always so helpful.