I stopped taking my escitalopram around 3 weeks ago, I have been taking them for about 7 months. This is due to the fact that I don't want to live on meds. They prevent me from feeling, I couldn't cry or smile. They mask the problem and don't solve it. Anyway, after the first 3 weeks now after stopping them cold turkey from 40mg a day, it wasn't that bad. I was surprised that I didn't have any major side effects, especially after reading so many articles about stopping them. Well it seems the symptoms are only starting now, it's come crashing down upon me like a ton of bricks. My social anxiety has returned preventing me from even the lightest of conversation with others. I would rather be dead right now than in this place I am in. Nothing feels right. I have nobody to talk to without thinking I belong in a mental home. I feel so alone in this pain.