I am a 30 yr old female with OCD and anxiety. I currently take Zoloft. Was prescribed Restoril in high doses for insomnia and anxiety for 3 yrs as I've always had trouble sleeping and difficulty shutting off my brain. Got to a point where I was sleeping so much my family and friends were getting concerned and decided to try to taper of it. Slow taper was going ok but I have a 1 yr old daughter and the lack of sleep was killing me. Went to a medical detox facility for 13 days that switched me over to liquid Valium given blindly in titrating doses every 4 hrs. Have been off since Mon and I'm crawling out of my skin. Talked to my docs who all said this is normal and to wait it out but I just don't know what to do. I just can't get my anxiety under control. Sleep is the only break I have from my brain. I don't know how to do this and I don't want to live like this. What if some people just need benzos? To level them out.
2 Sep 2011
Muwalker, sorry to hear whats going on. I feel like some thims people do need benzos to level them out. As long as you do not have an addictive personality, I take lexapro and xanax. I have severe anxiety and panic, with social anxiety. Sometimes I have to sleep to not let my mind wonder and just not have the anxiety and panic and I hate that. I have tried really hard to get through this, some times its one hour at a time and some times its one day at atime. I guess i have not answered your question, but I do understand and am here for any support you need. You will start getting alot of answers before long. Its just takes a while for people to find the question and also being on computer at diffrent times. Hang in there. Von-1
2 Sep 2011
Sorry to hear your going through tough time at the mo,as Von said taking benzo's can very well help you deal with your anxiety.
I also take xanax along with valdoxan and seroquel,i suffer from severe anxiety and panic and at the start of all this i would wake up ina panic before the day would even start!!
I dont want to be on meds especially benzo's as they can be addictive but they help me get through the day and be as "normal"as i can,i have a 2yr old son so its hard to deal with anxiety and be there for him also,so i take the meds to help me along,i've also attended therapy which helped a little to the point where i can control my panic attacks now where as before they would pop up out of nowhere!!
Like Von said,some days good,others not so much but i'd rather have some good days then all bad,so if you think you need benzo's,talk with your doc,just make sure you take as prescribed-no more as they can be addictive as i said but you could also benefit greatly by them when taking properly!!
I get the racing thoughts and can relate to alot of what you're saying,i'm here also if you need to talk.
Take care and hope you find something that helps soon..
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