I was given lexapro at the age of 18 to treat an anxiety disorder, it was by far the worst mistake of my life. From the beginning of my treatment I was acting out in ways I had never done before. I Remember I got into a fight with random people in public on two different occasions. All of my friends said I totally changed. I noticed that I lost all empathy toward others, I just couldn’t connect with anyone anymore. I would be in lunch sitting with my friends school and notice how detached I was from the conversations, so I would try and force smiles and laughs and it just became exhausting to try and be part of the group. When I stopped taking the ssris I didn’t ween off and stopped cold turkey after two years. I remember getting very depressed and also having brain zaps. I had my parents call an ambulance two different times because I didn’t know what was happening to me. I never went back to taking medication, for years I would be in the mindset of just give it time and things will get better, a constant waiting to be normal again. I’m 25 now and I’m really struggling day to day. I’ve lost contact with all of my great friends since then. I honestly can’t believe they give people these drugs. I’ve been to the phsyc center those places are packed constantly with people that were or are on ssris.