Hi. My name is Chris. I've been on clonazepam for 4 years 0.5 to 1.0 mg daily. I have always had severe crippling anxiety and depression since a young age but have recently been diagnosed by a professional (not family doctor) with bi polar illness. Not long ago I decided to try to wean my self off of Clonazepam and by the time I got to 0.125 mg it was unbearable. There are no words to describe what I was feeling thinking. I was sucidal, panicking, unable to think, unable to speak, crying Hysterically, afraid to get out of bed, terrified to leave the house, I did not have any normal human emotions. I did not feel like a human it was a nightmare. I've since went back on 0.5 mg daily and am able to function. My question is this. I am aware clonazepam can cause dependence but I do not abuse it. Can you stay on this medication for life? Are there people who do and what would be the possibly problems associated with long term/ life long use?

Thanks