Posted by Journeyman on December 20, 2005, at 18:55:56
In reply to Re: Checking in After a Long Time, posted by Esmarelda on December 2, 2005, at 16:54:51
LilJimi and Esmerelda, it was really good to see that you're still checking in. I'm pleased to hear that things are going reasonably well with both of you.
You've both done a good job of giving some history to this particular thread, devoted specifically to Lexapro. Here's a bit more that will fill in the background to my previously posted comments.
When I first logged onto this site, I read through thousands of messages. Lexapro was a new medication (or at least a newly modified version of an older one) and I was very interested in learning whatever I could about it. It wasn't easy for me to start taking Anti-Depression medication because I'd always felt I should be able to overcome any problems through eating well, exercising, talking things out, etc. To add to it, my (soon to be ex) wife was not supportive of it and viewed it as some sort of failure on my part. Seeing that other people were also concerned, worried, anxious, relieved, pleased, etc. showed me that I wasn't alone.
At the time, there were often dozens of postings in a single day. People would check in once or twice or even several times a day and encourage each other, follow-up from previous conversations, ask how things were going, etc. It was generally a very accepting community and we all benefited by being a part of it.
Because we got to know each other pretty well, the postings sometimes went more along social lines rather than just discussions about the Lexapro, per se. Consequently, any time people wanted to make 'social' comments, they were to go to another thread. While that was an important function, it ultimately led to the (near) demise of this thread.
New people came, with different contributions and ideas, and the general tone of the site changed. Some people formed a new group on another website and inevitable change came.
When I logged on last month to see what was going on with this site, I was surprised and saddened to see that an entire month had gone by with no posts, and that prior to that there were only a few over quite a long period.
If you're visiting for the first time, I encourage you to post and to keep coming back. There is much to be gained from sharing questions and exeriences.
Perhaps the spirit of the past can be rekindled. After all, seeing the changes in my own life, I khow that the seeming impossible can happen.
Strength and joy to all,