MY EXPERIENCE WITH LEXAPRO (Anxiety and Depression Medication Review)



hey guys my name is Brittany so in this video I'm going to be talking about something that happened in the beginning of this year to be honest I am a little nervous to be talking about this because it is something that is really private and personal and I was never planning on sharing this part of my life on YouTube but I just think that it's important for people to not feel like they're alone and if there are other people that have gone through what I've gone through or what I am going through I think it's just helpful to know that we all go through similar things but anyway my whole life I've been a shy person I felt very anxious I just thought that it was normal and a couple months ago I just was feeling frustrated about it and I felt like maybe it was too extreme for me and that I wasn't normal so I went to see a therapist they asked he asked me a bunch of questions and then he said that he thought that I could benefit from a mild medication that helps out with anxiety so I just thought all right I why not try something if it helps great if it doesn't then I'll just stop taking it the medication that he put me on with called lexapro and he told me that common side effects were feeling tired and I thought I can handle that that's not a big deal if so I feel like a little more tired here for a few weeks that's fine then I started to take it and after the first and second day I was exhausted like I just felt like I had only slept for an hour or two it was difficult for me to focus on my schoolwork being in classes I would just start to like doze off it was nearly impossible to focus on all of my homework that I have to do as a literature and writing major lots of reading and writing and it was just very difficult on the third day I was still super tired I remember I was driving to school for my early evening class and while I was driving I started to notice that I was like going off my body was going off to the right and I my eyes starting to close and it just started to freak me out and then I got to class I was sitting in class and I just felt like so out of it and I just thought that this this isn't worth it I'm not going to put myself through this for several weeks until it maybe gets better maybe for some people they would think that it is worth it but I just couldn't do it and after three days I I went off of it I mean there's a possibility that there's different medication out there that could work better with my body chemistry but at this point I am not open to trying different medications to help with anxiety I just I found other ways to help I started exercising more intensely more frequently and that has helped me to feel better and I'm not saying I know that there are some people that need to go on these medications I don't want it to seem like oh just go exercise you'll be fine like my body is different from other people's bodies but because my reaction to the medication is so poor it just made me feel like how I felt before was better if you're thinking of trying lexapro or any other type of anti-anxiety medication um just be aware be cautious it could make you feel more tired than you thought maybe it won't make you feel tired at all but I just could not stay on that little bugger I could it thank you guys so much for watching my video and if you have any type of experience with anxiety or medication I would like to hear your feedback down in the comments let's just all talk about this just talk about it come by

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  1. Stop eating factory farmed chicken. The kind of chickens whose beaks they cut off, cram like sardines in cages, never touch the earth or get sunlight and the chickens above them shit on them. Eat only chickens allowed to run around outside. The factory farmed chickens are in fear, panic, misery and doom and gloom existence. When you eat them you get those emotions. How do I know this is true? People report getting panic anxiety attacks with one to two hours of eating factory farmed chicken. I went off it and no more anxiety attacks. Love my life way better now.

  2. Lexapro didn’t work well for me. I became less creative and emotionally flat. My personality is the exact opposite of that. After a month or two my entire body felt like it had restless leg syndrome! The doctor told me to stop Lexapro immediately and he switched me to Prozac, which has had no side effects and my personality is natural again

  3. You might be a bit of a slow metabolizer. This means that your body breaks down SSRIs more slowly than usual, leading to a build up of the drug in your system. If you have an unusually strong reaction to coffee this is one way to tell.

    In case you ever want to try it again, Lexapro is available in liquid form – so theoretically you could start at 1mg or less, and then go from there.

  4. You look like Sloan from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 🙂 But all kidding aside, thanks for sharing.

  5. Getting really sleepy is one of the side effects of lexapro. Why because it rewires your brain. You only have it 3 days. You can need several weeks for this medication to really work. This medication can cause weight gain and mess with your libido. The doctors don't always tell you these things. Kinda sucks. Good for you with the exercise routine. Helps release endorphins. Also if you can,
    surround yourself with people who are positive. Stay away from the negative. Best of luck to you.👍

  6. I too felt more exhausted than I ever had in my entire life when I first started taking Lexapro, and I was a student at the time. I kept taking it though, because I also felt unanxious for the first time in my life. The sleep problems and fatigue resolved themselves within a mere week and a half and I have had no other side effects since. I was really careful about going to bed at the same time every night, forcing myself to keep my eyes closed whenever I woke up in the middle of the night, and taking sleeping pills that release melatonin throughout the night for a couple of nights. I also had to switch from taking the pill at night to taking it very early in the morning. I"ve noticed that if I don't take the pill at the same time each morning, and if I deviate from my sleep schedule too often, I'm more prone to sleep problems than I was pre-pill. That's pretty much the only side effect I've had.
    Since then, I've been almost completely cured of my anxiety. It's a miracle for me. I started on 5mg even though my doctor prescribed me 10mg. I haven't stopped taking 5mg, because the times when I did try 10mg I felt like I was high and more anxious than ever before. The 5mg worked so well that there was no point in upping the dose.

    When starting any medication, there will usually be a period of side effects. I'd recommend starting new medication during a school break, or perhaps the first weeks of school when classes are usually easier and there are no tests or big assignments due. Riding out side effects is, in my opinion, well worth it.

  7. your right sometimes drugs aren't the answer i used to have horrible anxiety going to school and being around people i dont know in general. saw a phsychiatrist for adhd anxiety and deppression after a while i got tired of taking all those drugs i still need adhd meds for school but not for anything else i started forcing myself to open up in social situations its taking a long time but i feel my confidence going up. also started eating better and taking vitamins quit smoking and made a excersise schedule. overall i feel alot better.

  8. Thank you for sharing your very personal info, IMHO there is no ONE wonder medication for all of us, some work, some won't.
    I have had success with a cocktail of 2 or even 3 medications, try to find a psycho-pharmacologist, be honest and candid with them
    you will have a much better chance of finding the right medication(s), therapy works great but for most of us there is some very subtle
    chemical imbalance that is hereditary, ask family members if they remember any parent, grandparent or Aunts and Uncles if any of them had
    odd behavior (remember people didn't talk about this stuff back then or even now).
    I am not an expert or medical professional, these are just my impressions from personal experience.

  9. Major important detail LEXapro takes time in order to work! It’s not a magic 💊
    To see the real effects on it probably more than a week to see better results. That what my Doctor told me

  10. To many young people on drugs, UNREAL.. Eat right, take vitamins and Amino's. Get more sleep. Eating right has a big difference in the brain. Exercise is great for the brain.

  11. Antidepressants have such little research behind them. We know they affect everyone differently (good or bad) Be cautious when taking them.

  12. I was once prescribed 10 mg of Lexapro and was told to take 1 tablet every day for 30 days and then come back for counseling. The first 4 days were fucking horrible… I felt like i wasn't mentally there, my body felt weird I felrt like i had weird mini muscle cramps going on, and worst of all my sex drive was utterly shot. Then around the 6-8 day I started feeling like I didnt notice the side effects anymore but I also felt my depression coming back just like before so I called my sister up and asked her about it and she told me its possible that I was getting used to it and might need to up my dosage. I said, "Up my dosage? For something that I not only didn't want to begin with but also thats made me feel like utter shit for the last 6 days?" I came off it that night. Most symptoms went away within 2 days but my sex drive took well over a month to fully recover. I would rather feel my natural depression, anxiety and sadness and be my natural paranoid self than be that zombie.

  13. What about side effects of medicine PSSD sexual dysfunction. It is permanent problem for me. Very sad

  14. I've been taking hemp oil under my tongue. I've been on it for 8 days and off my Valium for 8 days too.

  15. i thing we are same.. im just taking for week.. thiss drug drive me insane.. i could do anything and i stop this shit imedietly

  16. December 2010 I had mild seratonin syndrome because of 10mg lexapro taking daily for six months.I know hard anxiety can be ,try vitamins herbs minerals amino acids,read books,meditate,excise e.t.c.I trusted and believed my doc I was wrong.

  17. The tired feeling wears off after 2 weeks.. levels out after that and you feel normal. My anxiety was so bad I pushed through the tired period… (I was full time at college and working part time) I was still able to get through it fine. I’ve been on the this medication for 8 years now and don’t ever want to go off. I’m able to live my life as “ME” now and feel soooooo much better. A lot of my friends also take this medication as well and found it has helped them a great deal.

  18. is it my imagination or has there been an increase in mental illness/anxiety this year, it seems weird that I've seen so many people since mid this year suffer anxiety, coincidence? or is something else happening,… your thoughts?

  19. Cipralex (Lexapro) made me sleep less. Before taking the medication, I could sleep for days at a time with very few pauses in between. The days would just blend together and I was never accomplishing anything. The longest I'd slept without waking up was around 17 hours. It was almost as if I'd slipped into a short coma and woke up just in time to get ready for this concert I was attending. I mean, this could be because I don't drink caffeine, but I doubt it. When I started taking Cipralex (Lexapro), I was able to maintain a regular sleep schedule. However, I get far more depressed in the afternoon than I ever have before. Some days, I end up not taking my meds because that feeling is too much.

    It could be the combination of Vyvanse (for my binge eating and ADD) and Cipralex (Lexapro) together. Vyvanse has made me go from eating everything in the house to forgetting about food altogether. It's helped me focus better, especially now that I'm not always so lethargic.

    I'm sorry you didn't have a better experience. I've gone through several medications that just made me feel worse rather than better. It sucks to feel like you're moving backward instead of forwards. You can try breathing exercises and yoga, I've heard those help some people.

  20. Do you people really want to live without emotions or sex? Because that's what Lexapro can do to you. You won't be able to even love anybody, whether it's your girlfriend, parents or friends. Imagine if you have a family and take antidepressants, you will loose the love for your wife and kids, meaning you will end up in a divorce and cause a lot of harm. Your partner can't be not loved. But you will no longer care about love, not even about their death, about anything. SSRI blunt all the feelings, that's why you may be feeling better, because all the negative emotions will fade away. Too bad so will the positive ones and you can't live without happiness, that you'll never feel again in your life. Because, of course, that may be permanent. It's called PSSD. I have it and I wish I had never started Lexapro.

  21. My daughter who is 11 just started 7 days ago for depression and anxiety. She did say she is very tired but now she is on the I don’t care mood and no one cares and loves me she says it’s not making her sadness and thoughts go away but I told her she needs to give it time . We are also going to start therapy soon. If I could switch my body with hers so she wouldn’t go through it I would . Any advice on teen with Le dosage and does it feel worse before better

  22. See this amazing lecture by Dr Bilal Phillips what's the purpose of life? See this website by Dr Zaid Kasim Ghazzawi on anxiety fear depression from the guidance of the Quran. 😊

  23. just got put on lexapro. i dont know why your doctor didnt warn you that the first week may worsen your syptoms and anxiety/ depression before it kicks in and helps.

  24. I’m about to start taking Lexapro for generalized anxiety disorder and depression. I am hoping that it will make me have less negative thoughts both fearful and depressive which will hopefully get me focused on things I need to do. Does anybody have any experience with this drug that they would like to share with new comers like me?

  25. Stay away from SSRIs, especially Lexapro. This is designed to be given to the severely mentally I'll. For gods sake if you are bi polar never ever EVER take this drug. You will go apeshit insane. For all withdrawals are a nightmare. Also you are trading one complication in your life for many others. Being tired and migraine headaches do not sound like a good swap to me. Just don't do it.

  26. I have been taking lexapro for years and I love it! The only side effects in the beginning was sweating, but that only lasted for a couple of weeks. At first I was only on 10mg, but then had to increase it to 20mg …..and it worked! I also have to take the brand name.

  27. The side affects is on the med always…Side affects in Lexapro (escitalopram) are huge::

    Rare:
    Coma
    confusion
    convulsions
    decreased urine output
    dizziness
    fast or irregular heartbeat
    headache
    increased thirst
    muscle pain or cramps
    nausea or vomiting
    shortness of breath
    swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
    unusual tiredness or weakness

    More Common:
    Constipation
    decreased interest in sexual intercourse
    diarrhea
    dry mouth
    ejaculation delay
    gas in the stomach
    heartburn
    inability to have or keep an erection
    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    trouble sleeping

    Less Common:
    Bloated or full feeling
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    chills
    cough
    decreased appetite
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    fever
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    increased sweating
    joint pain
    muscle aches and pains
    not able to have an orgasm
    pain in the neck or shoulders
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    passing gas
    runny nose
    shivering
    sneezing
    sore throat
    stuffy nose
    tightness of the chest
    tooth problems
    trouble breathing
    unusual dreams
    unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness or feeling of sluggishness
    yawning

    It takes about 2-3 weeks for the body to adjust to the med. The thing is when you mention one of these affects to the doctor and he say it's not side affect of Lexapro, then it's time to change doctor. You figure the doctor know better, right? Do you really think the doctor know the side affects right away? Heck no. He needs to read just like everyone else. So, what is your favorite side affect? Most male monkeys probably like "passing gas" and "ejaculation delay".

  28. Today I looked up how much I needed too take to overdose on lexapro.
    Im not suicidal I dont think, for some reason it peeked my interest.
    I might need therapy.

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