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11/28/10 9:56 P

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emoticon to the team. I understand you fears of getting a diagnosis during your divorce. Although I had a diagnosis of PTSD due to abuse my husbands attorney used it against me in the custody issues. I am glad that you have found happiness and a great Dr.

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11/28/10 3:17 P

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Thanks everybody. I do still take Lexapro at the starting dosage. It's helped me a ton. I had a few side effects when i started taking it (sleepiness, dry mouth, headache) but they only lasted maybe a week. We decided since it works pretty well to just stay at that dosage until/if my body becomes accustomed to it.

A word of warning for others starting Lexapro. They told me not to worry about my weight because it's "weigh neutral". That just means as many people lose weight as gain. Well I ended up gaining 20 lbs during my first few months on it. I'm having a much harder time losing weight than I've had in the past and I attribute it mostly to the medication. I'm not quitting though.

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Hi! Glad to meet you! emoticon to the team. I think you will find a lot of support as we have people from all walks of life that have dealt with various anxiety issues and are very compassionate.

I can see how frustrating it would be for a clinician to jump to conclusions due to family history. Thankfully you have gotten the correct diagnosis. Am I correct in my reading that you no longer need the medications? It sounds like you have come a long ways. I would love to have you share with us what helps you deal with your anxiety.

I look forward to getting to know you better!

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Hi and welcome. You've been through a lot and it's good to know that you sound like you are on the road to finding peace and happiness! Good luck on your journey with us.

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11/27/10 12:49 P

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Hi. I am so glad I came across this group! I thought for a long time that I had mild depression issues. My Mom is bi-polar. I have had issues on and off for about 10 years. I was in an abusive relationship with my exhusband so I attributed some of the problems to that. After our divorce I figured it was just being a struggleing single Mom. I was also still being threatened with legal action by him on a regular basis so that didn't help. I was a lil worried to try to get help b/c of my mother's diagnosis that they would jump to the conclusion that I am bi-polar and I know I'm not. I went to a counselor for a few months 3 years ago and she started off that way and then diagnosed me with mild depression.

I continued on for a few years till I remarried a wonderful, loving, and amazing man. I couldn't figure out why my issues were still going on so I decided to seek help again. I just couldn't "fix" it on my end and since I was happy and didn't have the stress anymore it should be gone, right?

My DH had been a psych nurse before we met, now in cardiac unit, and he knew a great doctor. I went to see him and he correctly diagnosed me with GAD. After seeing him everything kinda made sense. It's not debilitating but I was tired of it being part of my life. It's a chemical issue and not something I can "fix" because I'd tried for years to do so. I was also accustomed to the anxiety due to my life circumstances till the last two years. That was an issue too. I take the starter dose of my med because it was enough to work for me. I tend to have social anxiety, it got worse after I stopped working, and excess anxiety when dealing with change. That's all so much better now!

Honestly I do worry about the stigma of having something like this. For example, the instant assumption by the other counselor that I was bi-polar just because my Mom was. I don't have those symptoms at all. As a matter of fact by the end of my counselor sessions, she said I deff wasn't bi-polar & I was remarkably sane considering everything I'd been through. People also tend to think you are crazy or that you can't function if you take meds. I can function without them because I did for years. I'm a great Mom with or without the meds but I have a lot left over for me and I'm happier on them.

The only issue I've had is with my weight. I gained 20 lbs in the first few months I was on them and it's making me lose weight SOOOO slowly. I get really frustrated with that. I'd love to learn from you guys and get some support on how to do the weight loss thing in this type of situation.

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