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Hello, I believe I can help you with your concern
I am so sorry that you have been exhibiting these symptoms, I can imagine how this must distress you greatly
I would like to ask a few questions to get some more information, so that I can better help you
May I ask, for how long have you experienced these symptoms?
Okay, I understand your feeling of being upset at being called a "psycho" that was not right for him to say that. Why were you prescribed the Lexapro? For depression?
Well two days without it could cause withdrawal symptoms of irritability and worsening depression, but now that you are back on it you should be fine, so that is one possibility
I am sorry that you are feeling this way, may I ask are you currently in therapy at all for your depression?
I do not think anything is "wrong with you" but I think you have a serious depressive disorder. Now while the medication is effective in lessening your symptoms, I believe that therapy is your only want to cure this for a sustained period of time.
I would like to teach you some techniques that may be able to help you and help you feel better if you like
Well I can teach you some techniques with that too. Irritability and anger are a symptom of depression because you are stressed. Now I think you have a right to express your anger, but I will provide you with a good technique to do so assertively
I understand that, and you do not deserve to be treated this way
I want to show you some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to help you. CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective as well, then your symptoms will lessen.
You are very worthy of help and this is not your fault, we just need to find the right treatment for you and I think this will help
So this link may help you, it contains a technique I use with patients called a thought record. It will help you keep track of any negative thoughts you have. You put the negative thought on paper, the emotion accompanying, the evidence to support it, and the evidence against it. Then I want you to come up with an alternative thought for the situation (more objective and plausible). This will help you change your way of thinking to be able to think more positive and not automatically go to a negative type of thinking.
You cannot change the past that is true, but you can repair the damage
In addition, these two worksheets are very good at helping lessen depressive symptoms. It can help you focus on the big picture and the objective/positive thoughts and outcomes.
Also individuals with severe depression have a poor coping mechanism, so this worksheet will help you develop a better coping strategy to manage your symptoms better.
Also this technique is very good at helping express your anger in an assertive way
Yes it can definitely be the withdrawal from the medications too, that is very possible
This is also a good worksheet that can help you replace any negative self-critical thoughts you may have with positive self-beliefs
I also want to recommend two really good treatment books too, so give me one minute
I wanted to give you plenty of resources to use because this is treatable and you can fix this so that it does not happen again
Anytime, is there anything else I can do for you?
I know you will, you are very good person, but I do think the withdrawal from the medications may have been overwhelming for you and that is why it caused this
The CBT techniques will help you for sustained period of time.