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I narrowed my eyes as soon as I saw that word. :stone
A person very close to me was on it. Over this time, I saw mood swings, changes in personality, they complained of various afflictions such as the feeling of being surreal, constipation, restlessness, dark thoughts.
Acutally, these were my symptoms BEFORE going on lexapro. The med did help me very much. I had nausea at the beginning, fast heart beat and trouble sleeping, but those went completely away in about 2-3 weeks. The loss of appetite helped me lose some weight too
I went off of lexapro after about 8 months of taking it. I did not properly wean myself off of it, and I did have a lapse into depression, crying etc. Somehow I made it through that, and now I am fine.
I think anti-depressants can help in situations like mine. The med helped me to get out of my depression and well enough to learn other coping strategies. I'm not on it now because I do want to fight depression on my own, but I'm not against using a med as a tool in your overall mental health program.