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Like I don't have enough to deal with, or, Never Speak French at the Dunkin Donuts Drive-Thru

July 18, 2005 | Category: In My Life

The $250/hour psychiatrist put me on something called Lexapro. I've been on it 3 days and I can tell you, it clearly sucks rocks. I have not had any epiphanies. I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. Or, if I do, I still believe with all my heart that it is a train come to smash me.

My little house is still a dangerous warren of chaos. Just yesterday, my son got a scratch on his tummy from smashing into a computer in the middle of the den and a bruise under his eye from frolicking in my bed (*ahem* possibly a tickle fight) and bumping himself on my desk -which is crammed up next to the mattress.

So it was with my continuing "running on empty" personality that I decided to tangle with Dunkin Donuts this morning. Not that I knew I was "running on empty" until recently, but now that I do know - well, it's my excuse du jour thank you very much.

All I wanted was an iced coffee and a plain croissant.

DD Drive-thru lady: "Football?"

Me: "Pardon? uh, no. I'd like a croissant (Kwa-sahn)."

DD Drive-thru lady: "Roll?"

Me: "Croissant!"

DD Drive-thru lady: "Donut?"


DD Drive-thru lady: "Hot cross bun?"

Me: "Is this thing on? I want a CROIS-SANT!"

DD Drive-thru lady: "Please pull around!"

Me (at the window, pointing at the picture): "CROIS-SANT!, CROIS-SANT!"

DD Drive-thru lady: "Oh! You mean a crescent roll! Gosh, that accent of yours!"

I am SUCH a dumbass.

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I'll chime in on the Lexapro as well. I've been on it for nearly two years now and it has helped me immeasurably. Like The Diva, it hasn't helped me much with my energy level (but perhaps getting a decent night of sleep and some exercise would help!). What it did was lift the cloud of depression enough for me to see the causes of the depression. My husband blamed the depression (and everything else) on PMS - once I started to see clearly, I realized that it was my husband's abuse that was causing the depression. I'm well on the road to recovery and I don't think I would have made it without Lexapro (plus a little Xanax now and then) and a patient and understanding shrink.

The Lexapro made me feel seasick for a couple weeks - I took it before bed with some crackers until that particular side effect went away. I also can't take more than 20mg (I think that's it) without feeling edgy.

Hang in there - I hope things get better for you soon!

Posted by: Jessica on July 19, 2005 10:24 AM

I defer to the others on the lexapro and how long it'll take to make a big difference. But so happy and hoping this will help.

I CAN, however, totally identify with the dunkin' donuts thing. One would imagine, you would think, that the DD employees would know basic words, LIKE SAUSAGE OR EGG OR EXTRA MILK. One would imagine, but unfortunately, not true. Not true at all, as is evidenced by my BACON AND CHEESE sandwich.

Posted by: halloweenlover on July 19, 2005 09:15 AM

My mom is on Lexapro, but hers is not covered by her insurance. She does feel a lot better on it. I hope things get better for you.

Posted by: Chica on July 19, 2005 12:49 AM

I tried Lexapro a couple of years ago but it practically put me in a coma: I had to take sick days because I was too zonked out to work. It was after that that I decided to give the antidepressants a miss for a while.

Posted by: Anna on July 18, 2005 11:53 PM

Like everyone else said - it does take a few weeks for it to kick in. James was on it after we lost Ethan and it helped him a LOT - unfortunately once the samples ran out he had to go on something else since our insurance wouldn't cover it. I was put on Zoloft and my shrink at the time thought I needed a more theraputic level than that which my Dr gave me. Nothing makes you feel like you're falling apart more than when your shrink wants to nearly triple your dosage! ;)

Now I want some buttery croissant goodness. *wipes drool from chin* I don't even know of anywhere near here where I could get some! This little town needs a good bakery - I'd open one up myself but I'd just eat everything before it could be sold.

You always get screwed going through the drive thru. Didn't you watch one of those Lethal Weapon movies? Mind you, I was only exposed due to my older sisters love affair with Mel Gibson at the time ...

Posted by: Michele on July 18, 2005 11:34 PM

That made me laugh out loud. Drive throughs are tough enough when ordering something simple...add some french in and it all falls apart!

Posted by: E on July 18, 2005 08:05 PM

Lexapro is my miracle drug. OK, it takes a few weeks to totally do it's thing, but when I go off of it for about a week (like, when I forget to make an appt. for a refill) I have complete meltdowns. And here I totally forgot that my life used to consist of those. Mine is for straight depression.

My doc said it's become the most popular antideps for women b/c it doesn't have a lot of the side effects (weight gain, loss of sex drive) that the others do.

Posted by: kalisah on July 18, 2005 04:40 PM

I have been Lexapro for close to 6 months now. I can tell you that it helped me a lot. It was more for my anxiety. I will be honest that it didn't do much for the energy or desire to accomplish more, but I do get out of bed everyday to face whatever life is going to haul off and throw at me. That for me, made all the difference.

You are not alone.......

Posted by: The Diva on July 18, 2005 03:00 PM

Hey, I'm on Lexapro too! You've gotta give it a month or so to really kick in, but you'll probably start feeling calmer after a week or two.

Did your doctor give you a temporary prescription for Xanax? My doctor said SSRIs can actually increase your anxiety level in the short term, so he always instructs his patients to take Xanax concurrently for the first few weeks.

I suppose it depends on whether you're taking the Lexapro for anxiety or for depression. Anyway, you may want to ask the $250/hour psychiatrist about that. :-)

Posted by: notdonnareed on July 18, 2005 12:10 PM

The meds may take a bit of time to kick in, but in the meantime, croissants are absolutely the best med accelerant known to man.

Next to Mexican food, that is.

Or Italian.

Or...now I'm hungry.

Love you, Elizabeth.

Posted by: Helen on July 18, 2005 11:45 AM

Drive thrus are the worst!

Posted by: Melissa on July 18, 2005 11:36 AM