serenitywhen Posted October 21, 2005 Share Posted October 21, 2005 Hi everyone, I stopped taking lexapro 10 days ago on my own, with few effects, but now all my old anxieties have returned. The first few days off were wonderful. I felt more motivated and excited about life's possibilities than I had in the 4 months I had taken lexapro (10 mg/day). No more apathy or feeling numb. I threw myself into work and got started on a side project even. I could dance along with music and get really into it, whereas before with lexapro it was like "whatever". I did this without consulting my doctor. I have a new boyfriend and wanted to avoid the sexual side effects, and I didn't want to be "blah" around him. And the first few days felt so encouraging I felt I made the right decision. But now I remember why I started the drug to begin with. A generalized anxiety has crept back in, it's like a big squirrel is running around my head constantly. I get sweaty palms just thinking of asking a question at a seminar. I am constantly second-guessing myself and self-consicous in even simple conversations -- this all didn't happen when I was taking the drug. My leg muscles are tense, I pee a lot, and I am impatient in traffic and drive more dangerously. What I want to know -- 1. is there any way I can get away from the anxiety while still keeping my motivation and energy and full range of emotions? 2. if i start taking lexapro again will it work the same way it did before? 3. i had some hope that after a while on the SSRI my brain would "heal" and I wouldn't need it anymore. Does this actually happen? or is this unrealistic to expect right now? with the new relationship maybe I was trying to get too many things to happen at once. Thanks everyone! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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