For the three years that I have had
From December 2006 to August 2007, I took the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor Lexapro for depression symptoms. From October 2008 to now, I restarted Lexapro and Vistaril for anxiety symptoms; in ten days, I will be off of Lexapro for good and use Vistaril for emergency panic attacks only.
I started using medications because they were the only way to control my symptoms; however, during that time, I was always in therapy. I began using Lexapro for the first time within months of my assault; I stopped using it before entering my junior year because I had my symptoms under control. However, during my senior year, I dealt with both of my assailants trying to contact me, my mother's cancer, and a thesis about sexual assault. After talking to both my therapist and psychiatrist, I decided I needed medication again. However, medication is not for everyone.
Antidepressants can also be used for anxiety, which is what I used Lexapro for the second time around. However, I was also experiencing panic attacks. One type of medication,