I'm on my second time taking Cymbalta for anxiety/panic and it definitely helps me a lot. I haven't suffered from depressive symptoms, "only" anxiety/panic attacks, and after a few weeks of just making it through the side effects (with the help of xanax), I am feeling almost 100% (I've been on Cymbalta this time for 5 weeks). My experience with Cymbalta has been that it doesn't increase my anxiety, even during the beginning stages, and now, when I feel anxiety could well up, there is a supression going on, I don't go to the bad place I did before, it just never gets there. But I am not without feelings, I just feel like my normal self.
I read your post on the other board about not even knowing what it feels like to feel normal. I can't imagine feeling that every day anxiety and circular thinking and worry about every feeling I have going on for 2 years. I felt that way for a month and thought I would lose it. That's why I went on Cymbalta. And although it is hard to go off of, while on it, I am so much happier. I don't plan to go off it this time. I have resigned myself that I need to be on some sort of medication for my brain to function correctly. And that's ok. Other people take meds their whole life for a whole host of problems, and this is no different.
I think most people have side effects starting any new antidepressant/anti-anxiety med and I also think a lot of people give up too quickly. The side effects go away, at least the bad ones, in most cases, if people just give it time. I know it's hard to think you might have to feel worse before you feel better, but TRUST ME, it is worth it. And make use of benzos when you need to at the beginning (if you have them?). I now do not take xanax at all and I'm feeling good.