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2/3/11 11:58 A

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I understand your fear of meds. I have anxiety and my dr just put me on Celexa. I didn't get a chance to take it before because I wasn't feel good (went to the dr and turns out he said it was just stress... go figure) I started taking 10 mg last night. I didn't want to take it at all but was told why am I going to the dr if I'm not going to follow his orders. So I told myself that I will only take half of what he wants me to take (He wants first week on 10 mg then up to 20mg but I think I may stick to just 10mg) I have decided google is my enemy!! I always look up side effects and then that only makes things worse! I know this isn't much help or advice but I did want you to know that I know how you feel :)

1/22/11 10:39 A

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I have been on Lexapro for years...cut the 10mg pill in half if you want to try only 5...or cut that in half too. I never had any side effects from Lexapro. It works great. Keeps moods from going high and low. I can really tell when I forget my pill. I feel irritable!

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1/18/11 1:24 P

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Hi Sallie! I welcomed you on the other thread and went on a rant; not realizing you had shared everything here in this thread.

Like I said in the other thread CONGRATS on your awesome weight loss. It sounds like you have been through so much and yet you have mastered that part. I can relate to the fear of medications. I was very fearful and reluctant to take them. The thing is that my need for them was greater than any of the normal side effects. Side effects are listed to educate you on what may happen. The thing is they have to list EVERYTHING that has happened when they did the trials of the medicine. Even if it was just 1 person out of a thousand. Most people do not get the really adverse effects. The more common effects are dry mouth, increased or decreased appetite, mild anxiety, restlessness; all of which with time go away for most people. I would recommend trying at least the smaller dose just to see and go from there. I would hate for you to miss out on the benefits of a medication due to fear of side effects that may or may not happen. One good thing is that we are all different, so what you have heard happened to so and so, probably won't happen for you. It is natural to fear taking something new. I always have anxiety over a new med. Having a good working relationship with the Dr. can be helpful so that if you do have side effects he/she can act quickly and try something else.

One other thing is that depression/anxiety tends to respond better to therapy and meds than just medication alone. It might be an idea to find a good therapist. It sounds like you have a lot of family issues and it would probably be helpful to talk to a profession to help you sort things out and cope better.

Please do not beat yourself up for feeling afraid of the medicine. It's okay. You are doing well with the deep breathing and relaxing. Keep it up and keep us posted as to how we can help.

It's good to meet you!

Cynthia~~~ A follower of Jesus Christ!!

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.

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1/18/11 12:10 P

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To begin Sallie emoticon on all you have accomplished. What a great weight loss! I have PTSD and had stopped taking medication about 15 years ago. Last year I had several health issues going on and stressed to the max going through disability. I finally agreed to take a light dose of Zoloft. I had not had good luck before but found that now I am having no problems. I take just enough to take the edge off. I have xanex to take for panic attacks as needed but have only taken 1 every couple of months. Each of us is different but if your Dr. is willing to let you take a small dose and monitor you then you might want to consider trying it. I have had no personality change or huge side effects. It s your decision but we are here to help by being supportive and encouraging. Are you with a good therapist. Mine is wonderful and I have been seeing her for 4 years now. emoticon Nola


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1/18/11 11:33 A

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Hi! My name is Sallie and I'm new to this team. Most of my life I have dealt with stress, anxiety and even mild depression. I can remember having my first panic attack when I was 20. It landed me in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. Heart palpitations became my constant companion for many years. Each time I would run to the doctor thinking this is it! Only to be told nothing is medically wrong, I only need to learn to relax.

My childhood was filled with stress brought on by molestation from an uncle, serious illness, a father and brother, both alcoholics who withdrew their love whenever they felt like it, my sister's drug addiction, my mother's early death and more. I grew up with no self esteem nor confidence.

I went from a size 7 to a 4X. In 2007 I weighed 340 lbs. I was unhappy and loaded down with health problems. My grandson was born that year and I credit him with prying my eyes open to what I was doing to myself and our future together. Since than I have taken the steps needed to eat healthier and exercise. I have lost 102 lbs so far.

My adult daughter and I have an unsettling relationship. I love her, she hates me, best describes it. In her eyes I will never be good enough despite the fact I have given her every ounce of my love, attention, loyalty, compassion and more since she was born. My husband and I have been married for nearly 29 years. He has never been kind when it comes to my weight issue and 2009/2010 found us battling his choice to be unfaithful. We are still together but it is not an easy alliance.

In November and December (2010) my blood pressure skyrocketed even though I was already on meds for it landing me in the ER. After many test docs determined it was extreme stress and anxiety. They upped my BP meds, told me to see a counselor and sent me home. I will be the first to say I am stressed and anxious to the max. These days I am easily frustrated, angered (not like me) and pushed to my limit. Over the last two years I have cried more than smiled. I have become scared of my own shadow. I obsess over EVERYTHING! I feel on edge most of the time. I am hanging in there with my eating and I am walking 5-7 days a week. I have way too many health problems and want to lose the rest of the weight too much to give up now. I am trying to use relaxation breathing and not react so much to stressful situations. My doctor has prescribed 10 mg of Lexapro to try and calm things down further to a point where my body can readjust, heal and hopefully my blood pressure will go down as well. The problem is I am scared to take it. I have heard and read horrible reports on anti depressants. I am fearful of the side effects, what I will be like on the med and what it will be like coming off of it eventually. Basically everything! My doctor trying to understand my fear has agreed to let me start at 2.5 mg a super low dose but even that scares me. I have never been paralyzed by the thought of taking a medication before in my life and I don't know what I can do to get over it. I feel like such a child! I need help!

Sorry this is so long.

Edited by: CHANGING4ME49 at: 1/18/2011 (11:34)

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