Last week, 46-year-old Czechoslovakian supermodel, Paulina Porizkova, shared her experiences with anxiety, depression, and the antidepressant medication Lexapro. In a self-penned blog for Huffington Post, Porizkova refers to Lexapro, as her “dirty little secret” and references the drug as a “woman’s mid-life crisis.”
The supermodel shared that she had experienced anxiety attacks throughout her life, but that they had lessened when her children were little. By the age of 40, her anxiety had returned at full-force. “I couldn’t get in a car, a bus, and certainly not an elevator without panic overwhelming me.” Porizkova said that she had always been opposed to taking medication and had given birth to both her children naturally. After her anxiety became debilitating, she turned to her physician for help and was prescribed Lexapro.
When she confessed her “dirty little secret” to a girlfriend, she learned she was not alone. “Women in their late 30’s and 40’s were all having the same affair,” she writes. She wondered if all women experience anxiety at the crossroad of middle age and Lexapro the “emotional equivalent of plastic surgery?”
Porizkova said that when the drug’s side effects destroyed her sex life and her creativity, she “decided that this affair had all the drawbacks of a love affair: the sexual distancing from my husband, the guilt, the lies, and the benefit silence from the fluorescents didn’t seem worth the price.” She reveled that during the process of weaning off of Lexapro, she discovered that she suffered from depression.
Paulina Porizkova should be applauded for coming forward about her experiences with anxiety, depression, and the side effects of Lexapro. It opens dialogue for the more than 40 million American adults who suffer with anxiety disorders.
What must be noted is that Porizkova, in her personal anti-medication stance leaves off with these final words, “My affair with an antidepressant reinforced what I already knew: I’m not one for affairs. I’d rather fight tooth and nail to keep and restore what I have than take a break from it. But that is so much easier said than done with a Klonopin in my pocket.”
The 411 about Klonopin, anxiety, Lexapro, and depression, will be discussed in Part 2.
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