Anyone on here have experience starting on Lexapro? Or perhaps this is common across other SSRIs too...
I developed severe anxiety as a response to the trauma caused by the nonstop panic attacks I had for months as part of Cymbalta withdrawal. I had a period of time where I was feeling much better but the anxiety was clearly lurking just beneath the surface and was triggered again a few months ago and became unbearable. I made the decision to take an SSRI as a way to bring balance back to my system and my doctor thought Lexapro would be an ideal option as it's generall well tolerated and is considered a slightly better option for anxiety than other SSRIs.
I've been on 5mg for a week now. I have definitely noticed a decrease in my resting anxiety already which is very encouraging as 5mg is smaller than the usual starting dose. However, I have not been able to get any sleep the entire week. If I manage to fall asleep I wake up again 2 hours later. Sometimes I can fall asleep again for a little while if I watch some TV or just lie there for a while trying to relax, but maybe only another couple hours. I'm not anxious when I get into bed and I'm not really anxious when I'm lying awake in bed either. My mind just wants to be active. I've tried some of the things that have worked well in the past when I was working with a sleep specialist to get off Seroquel for insomnia. I'm focusing on my breathing and counting my breaths or trying to do other mental activities that are meant to focus my brain enough to let sleep come in, but it's like wrangling a toddler. It just doesn't want to sit still.
From what I've gathered doing some Googling, this is not uncommon when starting up Lexapro and people say it eventually passes. I've reached out to my doctor for her opinion, but was curious if others on here have had this same experience? Is this just an adjustment period or is this a red flag that the medication may not be a good fit? Really hoping it's the former!