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SSRI’s, how long before deciding they’re not working anymore?

Hopeful313

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Hi everyone,
I hope you are all doing well.

My anxiety, depression and POCD were completely gone since I started taking Escitalopram 30mg once a day. I started in November of last year.

3 days ago, I had a panic attack that wasn’t too bad. During the span of those three days, my anxiety is increasing little by little. It was just fear but now it’s getting worse that I feel the physical symptoms of anxiety.

I am very scared and disappointed 😞. I thought that I found the solution and was very happy to get my life back.

I have a few questions I would like to ask.
1- how long before you know your medication (SSRI in this case) isn’t working anymore?

2- could be that my body started to build tolerance to Escitalopram?

3- should I consider a different medication or is it to early?

4- it hasn’t been long since I started Escitalopram. Could you build tolerance for ssris this soon?

I really don’t want to live the horror of panic attacks, anxiety and intrusive thoughts at least this soon.

Your time and help is very much appreciated.
 
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Sorry your struggling hopeful you have seemed so positive the last few months. We all go thru good and bad phases maybe your just having a bit of a downer and hopefully it will pass in a while but it may be worthwhile having a chat with your CPN if you have one . And just explain your concerns. I thought you would have had to have been on the meds for a lot longer for them to stop working. But hey what do I know.

Have you had any intrusive thoughts or is it just a worry that they may come back

Take care
Daf:hug:
 
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Hi Daf,

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

I was doing extremely well that I started thinking it was time for me to lower my dose slowly until I go completely off of my medication. I am hoping it’s one of those downers like you said.

I am going to see my therapist in about an hour. I can also schedule a quick appointment with my psychiatrist. She wanted to up my dose 4 days ago but I thought I didn’t need it. That’s how confident I was.

Unfortunately, I do have intrusive thoughts and I feel very anxious at times and nauseous. It’s comes in waves. One moment I am good and telling myself no wY this gonna bring me down like in October. Another moment those intrusive thoughts and anxiety are too much to handle.

Thank you again daf.
 
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I just arrived home from therapy. I feel refreshed and much better than when I left. I hope that I will continue to feel this way. I also made a couple of appointments. One for general check up and blood test for any deficiencies. The second one for an EKG to see if my medication has effected my heart.
 
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I’m glad your therapy went well . Hopefully you’ve just had a bad day, which we all get. I’m sure your check ups will be fine as well

Daf:hug:
 
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