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vballchck
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I'm very upset right now. Three days ago I went to a counselor (first time) and by the time I got out, she thought I was crazy. She told my Mom (I had to step out of the room I guess) that I needed to go on medication ASAP. So I went to my family doctor and he started talking about how my Grandmother was Schizophrenic (SP?) and how he needed to send in an expert. I feel really psycho right now... I don't really know what I'm asking but I'm really upset (even more so than before) since my doctor told that. I can't stop thinking about it.

Anyway...
They put me on Lexapro (for now). Anyone used this before? How long does it take to work? I have a bad feeling about this medicine.


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hey, just to let everyone know that wasn't me, that was my friend..she asked me to post it for her

hey..goodluck girl..


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I'm sincerely doubting that a therapist used the word "crazy." That sort of language isn't in as therapists' reptoire, because they know that mental illness is just that: illness, just like any other sort of illness.

And I'll reiterate that: mental illness is like any other illness, like being diabtetic, like having an STI, like any other illness. Illnesses tend to require treatment, sometimes long-term, and medication is one form of treatment. When it comes to mental illness, especially like schizophrenia, it's often highly effective treatment, at that.

Take a minute and realize that if your doctors are correct, you could be on the verge of potentially feeling better than you ever have. That's a reason to be hopeful, not upset. Based on your past posts here, vball, it seems pretty clear to me that finding a possible solution to how you've been feeling and to your lack of control in terms of your moods and behaviour is something to be pretty darn excited about.

Here is the home page for your current medication: http://www.lexapro.com/home/default.asp

You can read up all about it there. In general, SSRIs take at least a few weeks to make a difference, and real differences start to show in a couple of months. These types of medications aren't dangerous and are pretty gentle. Side effects tend to be very minimal. Basically, if what you have isn't chemical, they just won't do anything. If it is, they'll help, though sometimes patients may have to try a couple different formulations or brands to find the one that's right for them.

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Heather
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vball, as made very clear in the uder registration guidelines you agreed to when registering, only the person who registered a handle may use it.

If you have friends who want to ask questions, they need to register for themselves.

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ok, i understand, i was just doing her a favor..sry..she asked me to post it so i did..hopeing to help her. she doesn't have my password and we don't share the account or whatever..i just posted it for her.

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I'm sure you're counselor thought you were crazy. I also doubt she thinks your skitzophrenic if that's what you're worried about, because Lexapro is an anti-depressant. If you were skitzophrenic you'd be on different medication. (It is possible you'd be on Lexapro but you'd be on others as well).

I was on Lexapro... Personally I didn't like the way it made me feel, but everyone is different. I know people that are on it that say it makes them feel so much happier. Actually, I dont like how any anti-depressant makes me feels, so it's not the Lexapro. Some people just dont like anti-depressants. Of course my 'case' is very different from yours. (For reasons I'm not going to get into). Anyways, for me it took about 1 1/2 weeks to kick in. I've heard that Lexapro works faster than many other anti-depressants, and it worked faster than both Prozac and Zoloft in my case.

Well, good luck...

Jocelyn


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