Lexapro for intrusive thoughts

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I have been getting intrusive thoughts for about 7 months now finding it quite hard to deal with but i'm beginning to understand the science behind how it all works but, i have the most horrific thoughts ever and am finding the GUILT extremeley difficult to cope with do you have any methods or mind excerises i can do to help reduce that awful guilty feeling.
Hello Ken, I have been suffering from intrusive thoughts about harming my children for the last month. It's unbearable and I cause myself anxiety, guilt, and depression for feeling these thoughts. I don't know where these thoughts are coming from since I have a supportive family unit and never have had thoughts like this before. I get a little anxiety when I have to take care of them myself for fear of driving myself crazy! I love them more than anything in the world!
) And since then I was so frightened that the bad words became intrusive thoughts in my mind and I couldn't get rid of them.It is getting worse and worse because now when I talk to someone ,my mind just appears the bad words such as **** ,damn....with their name .I just cannot speak a full sentense fluently because i fear that when I talked to them Iwould carelessly speak out those words and they could hear it and then revenged me.
hi I am just after signing up on this site, because my daughter is in hospital for severe OCD and is suffering from intrusive thoughts. She is on lexapro 20mg for eights weeks now but her condition is getting much worse. she had to go to hospital on new years day and the doctors are thinking about letting her home now without any other support, so I guess she will be the same when she comes home.
I hear ya. Intrusive thoughts are the WORST ever. I have felt for a very long time that I have brought these thoughts on myself. I know the doctor's say it isn't your fault. It is the OCD talking and your supposed to let the thoughts come and try not to pay attention to them. Well that's easy to say, but try living in our shoes day by day and having to deal with this junk all of the time. I hope they come up with a cure some day soon. I just joined this group and it seems very helpful.
I take lexapro and zoloft. Trying to move in one direction. It's so hard to tell if the medication is the issue, or something going on in life. I'm not thinking that the lexapro is working right now. Keep workign on it because no one knows what works for you like you. God bless.
I've read about intrusive thoughts about being afraid you'll hurt yourself or someone you love and I've had those too, but I've never really suffered from the repeating ritual part of OCD. However, with this thought, sometimes I press my scalp with my fingers to make sure it's normal, but not on a scheduled habitual basis.
I think it would be best to tell your doctor. Just my opinion. I think once in a great while some people think of suicide knowing they will never do it. (I have). When it becomes a reoccurring thought that is probably something to worry about more. I'm sorry i can't be more help.
From the start I've experienced insomnia (which I've already had prior to being on it). For about the first 8 or 9 days or so my intrusive thoughts were almost nil & felt relief I hadn't felt in years! About 5 days ago I noticed the intrusive thoughts started slowly coming back & now I feel like I'm were I was before the Lexapro EXCEPT the constant butterflies or feelings of adrenaline are gone (so far). Other side effects I have is decreased sex drive (& takes FOREVER to orgasm!
increased nervousness, feeling jittery...and even some depressive thoughts. It also may be garden variety intrusive thoughts (thoughts that seem to pop in your head that are DEFINITELY unwelcome, if not scary) that are common with anxiety disorders. I have been down that road before, and it scared the heck out of me until I understood that it was part of the package. Zoloft is an SSRI antidepressant...and while it doesn't have any SPECIFIC anti-anxiety properties (like a benzo...
I should mention, I am a 25 year old male.
He is and has been seeing a psychiatrist for six months. He was on lexapro for 10 weeks which did nothing to help him, then Zoloft for 2 weeks (only gave him suicidal thoughts) and now he is on anafranil (close to 5 weeks). The anafranil does seem to be helping, as he will have moments of "clarity" throughout the day (meaning no unwanted thoughts) but they only last about 2-3 minutes. He has been to two different therapist who gave him tools to use, but they no longer work.
Lexapro is a permanent life long cure for any depression if you can survive the treatment. I was prompted by a marriage counselor to go to my doctor and request drugs for my OCD symptoms (checking, intrusive sad thoughts, previous eating disorders as a teen and heavy drinking-probably perpetuated by my father’s suicide in 1981 while he was on imipramine and numerous other psych med’s) I went to my husband’s pcp who never met me before.
I am on 20mg of Lexapro (switched from Celexa)for about 2 months now. I dont feel like its working too great as I still have some intrusive thoughts and also I feel like it makes me tired (sometimes insomnia), and gain weight. Would Wellbutrin be a good idea to ask my doctor about? How does it compare to Lexapro in terms of success rate and other factors?
I am currently taking 10mg lexapro for anxiety, slight ocd, and slight intrusive thoughts. I have heard that taking SSRI's will cause some weight gain in many people. I know that SSRI's are most commonly prescribed as well; I guess because they work best? However, are there any other classes of drugs that i can talk to my doctor about that are very similar that are "healthier" with less side effects (specifically weight gain and sexual)?
I'm not spiraling into complete dispair for which I think I have the sertraline to thank and my mind that was once so full of intrusive thoughts and ruminations is clear again, normal reactions & emotions are returning, my sex drive is back (!) so it's definitely working on a lot if levels. Has anyone got any thoughts on the anxiety thing?
im a 44 yr old mother of 2, im no expert but this voice could be whats called 'intrusive thoughts', it linked to ocd, i have had intrusive thoughts for years, and the thought is always really horrible things, for example, the opposite of how i feel towards my children or people i love and the voice will say something wicked like "i hope that happens to ......
For example, you need to tell him if you have racing thoughts, intrusive (scary) thoughts, etc. Don't get too caught up worrying about giving the doc EVERY piece of information...he will lead the questions and ask for information that is important in the assessment process. It's helpful for you to write down anything you feel is very important ahead of time to take with you to your appointment, including any questions you may have regarding medications.
It is different for everyone and just because a side effect is listed, it doesn't mean you will get it. I have to admit that Zoloft was the best for anxiety and intrusive thoughts, but it totally nixed the sexual abilities.
I am recently been having these extremely intrusive thoughts that i may be gay. i know that i am not, due that i am currently in a relationship with a guy that i have been with for almost 2 years now. these thougths are driving me insane and i am starting to doubt everything around me...(family, friends, etc) These thoughts come around about once a month and it's happened for the last two months in a row. can somebody please tell me what is wrong?
im not sure of the dosage, i have to pick it up tomorrow. a specialist put me on it. im on it b/c lexapro isnt working that great for my intrusive thoughts.
I have been diagnosed with OCD in October. After suffering with terrible OCD intrusive thoughts and constant anxiety I decided I needed help and went to my GP. He put me on 15mg lexapro which didn't do much. I then went to a physcologist and he put me on 40mg prozac which have been working great. But lately I find myself doubting my memory. I went to a concert in August, had a great day but got a little drunk !
I have this problem with not wanting to ever speak, I have always been like this but it seems like it gotten worse lately. When my friends or family call me, I dont want to call them back, I am not depressed today, I did a lot of work and was very productive. I find communicating very stressful or very boring. I am not very good at it either. I am also on 10mg of Lexapro.
I have been suffering from ocd for so many years it has wrecked my life. I have the whole gamut. Stare compulsively where I shouldn't, intrusive "evil thoughts" and so forth,. I also have ADD and the combination is a killer. I am on Lexapro and Strattera. I am trying to find a forum that deals with older adults since I am in my fifties, and any new research that can help bring more quality and happiness to my life. Thanks so mucb!
He sometimes developes separation anxiety and anxiety when changing environments (home to school or vice-versa). He never had problems with anxiety or thoughts before this. Did your intrusive thoughts come on suddenly? I hope the two of you have very successful recoveries.
I have been on Zoloft (4 months) and now Lexapro (9 months) for depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I am extremely sensitive to medications and I had very adverse reactions to Lexapro and Zoloft causing severe anxiety for which I took Klonopin at the beginning of treatment. I am currently on 10mg of Lexapro. Since taking the SSRI's, I have had symptoms that I never had before which I call sudden "crazy spells"-thoughts, songs, or mind chatter racing through my head.
I started taking Citalopram because I have been having intense weird thoughts that make no sense intrusive even. I have been having them for three weeks straight with three days of none at all. I have a history of anxiety and panic attack. I have been taking this medication for four days and the thoughts are getting more frequent and worse is this normal? My ears are all so ringing non stop will the ringing go away?
He/she will help you learn to cope with the anxiety/panic, and find ways to dismiss the intrusive thoughts. I know it's very scary, but I can reassure you that anxiety will not harm you. Another thing you can do is to get some exercise, eat healthy, try to get sufficient sleep, and keep yourself distracted. Get busy with life...work, school, hobbies. The less idle time you have, the less catastrophic thinking you will do.
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