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Sudden Onset of Anxiety & Depression.

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  • Sudden Onset of Anxiety & Depression.

    It has been 10 days or so since my first panic attack as an adult...I had chills,diarrhea,racing thoughts,insomnia,nausea.
    After that I had and am still having a sense of detachment, or derealization. It gets worse when I try to sleep, or need to go out of the house for drive.

    I saw my Dr. and she perscribed 10mg Lexapro and 0.5mg Lorazepam (as needed for attacks)

    I took on lexapro before bed, and woke up in a panic attack...I don't know if it was the meds or in my mind...I am terribly scared of medication and don't want to become dependent or a zombie. I have a 3 year old daughter whom I have to being to give 110% to but dealing with this anxiety is depressing me even more and I am having a hard time getting it back together. I have been in a panicky depressed state for over a week and I am exhausted.

    I don't understand it, I was fine weeks ago only a small amount of stress in my life.

    Is lexapro worth it?

  • What's changed in your life in the last while that could bring this on, and what was your doctor's opinion about it? Love life problems, lost any loved ones, job stress, etc.?

    My experience with this (and it's just that, not anything you should take to the bank) is that it tends to pass. It might be a while before it does tho. Best thing you can do for it is easy, assuming you have time, and that's walk. It helps to rid yourself of that 'feel like have to do something' feeling. Drives can work too but the physical exercise is actually good for you.

    I can't tell you anything about the meds, sorry.

    Have a <HUG> !!
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    • Thank you for the insight! I recently began taking care of my grandmother with Alzheimers all while having a 3 year old. For the past month I felt so organized and motivated which turned into "I need to do everything". Which I guess primed my self up for a failure making me feel not like myself and hopeless. I am slowly working on a lifestyle change and hopeful this will pass with or with out the help of medication.


      • Yeah, that makes a little more sense then. Good news hon - if you can point your finger at a 'why,' then chances are that it's not some sort of genetic thing, just environmental. It'll likely pass, and in the meantime, get out there walking. I think you'll be fine.
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        • Kristin:

          Depression meds usually take several weeks to work, if at all -- its not the Lexapro that caused the panic attack. Depression meds, if accurately prescribed and monitored, will not make you a zombie or feel overly medicated. My advice is to accompany the drugs with therapy. There is a root cause of the anxiety and medicating anxiety without solving the reason for it is never an effective treatment.

          The Lorazepam is an effective on the spot treatment and will make you tired. But tired is way better than a full blown attack. Take the Lorazepam when you need it -- a panic attack will be scarier to your 3 year old than the side effects. There is no shame in treating a very real illness.

          Another thing to consider. If the doctor prescribing the depression meds was an Internist or Family Doc, seek out a psychiatrist who specializes in psychopharmacology. There are so many depression meds and "Mood enhancers" that can be used. I do not believe that the run of the mill doc has enough training to select the right drug, properly monitor it and tweak dosages. Don't use the psycopharm for therapy -- not their strong suit. But you will be amazed what he or she can do in a 15 minute drug check.
          "The only consistent feature of all of your dissatisfying relationships is you." Despair.com "Dysfunction"


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