Lynn: The good news is that I pulled out of the severe depressive symptoms, and the suicidal ideation. I'm not contemplating checking into the hospital so definitely an improvement there!
On the other hand I do note some perhaps blunting of my affect, just really noticed that in the last couple of weeks. I've also been very fatigued. However, it's difficult to be sure what the cause is here because my children are waking up multiple times at night, and I think the bitter winter is wearing me down a bit too. I'm more inclined to think the latter are the cause, so I'll keep an eye on those things for now.
I will say that the lexapro, while appearing to be affecting for alleviating severe depressive symptoms for me has had a negligible affect on my anxiety. I had just about a week's worth of improvement of my anxiety in early January, kind of like the improved days you mentioned, but none since then. So I don't think in the long run it's going to be effective for the anxiety, however I've been really focusing on mindfulness and other coping techniques and getting through the winter. If the anxiety is still a daily occurrence come spring, I'll be considering a med change.