FuerteDude saying hello

Hello guys. I've struggled with anxiety for years but only got help recently after nearly loosing my job, wife and everything. 

I'm lucky I live in a beautiful place but people just don't get why I can't go out drinking, why I shut myself away and don't socialise.

Since starting alprazolam I've been exercising more, made a few friends that come fishing with me and one of these friends has anxiety issues too.

I woke up this morning feeling that knot of dread in my chest for no reason. I've been having panic attacks in work and had a really bad on at home last week so they've told me to take escitalopram as well. I'm worried I'm not going to be able to work while taking them. They made me really ill when I tried one but I don't know what else to do :(

I don't want to feel like this anymore. I'd do anything to be normal. I've thought it has to be easier being dead than living like this but I couldn't do that to my wife or mum. 


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  • Hi FuerteDude,    I am presently on escitalopram for the last 6 years as well as having been on alprazolam at the same time.  Once it reaches the efficacy level  you should be okay.  It did make me a little tired in the afternoon, but then again, I wasn't working so it wasn't a problem.  After having been on alprazolam for 30 years, I got off the drug and am only on escitalopram with no ill side effects.  The sleepiness is gone.  Just know that everyone is different to their tolerance of drugs.  Exercising will help you release the extra adrenaline anxiety produces.  I wish you well in finding a way to feel normal again.  It may seem overwhelming now but with doctor's care and possibly therapy it can be controlled.  I'm glad that after years of suffering with anxiety that you are ready to make a difference in your life.  Good Luck...

  • Thank you

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