I've been in psychoanalysis since 2000. This January, with the consent of a shrink--the shrink isn't my therapist, just monitoring the medication--I'm being weaned off of anti-depressant medication that I've been on for many years. As my anti-depressant dosage has been reduced, I've been making the most progress, experiencing the greatest insights. As my awareness (the result of psychoanalysis) increases I'm increasingly feeling enormous rage, guilt, and other very painful feelings. I don't want to get on a medication (the shrink mentioned a low dose of Klonopin), find that all of these unpleasant feelings are curtailed but that progress I'm experiencing in therapy grinds to a standstill. My psychotherapist, a substance abuse counselor by day, wants me to decide myself about taking Klonopin. He has told me of its addictive reputation and, like me, would hate to see the progress stop. If you identify with this, please share what you can. It is very hard to live with emotional pain, but it feels like a worse fate to mute the pain and be in a state of ignorance about the cause of the pain. Thanks for reading my question.
Hello HJW. Kind of sad to come across your question and no one ever gave a response for its a great one (as far as I'm concerned). Klonopin, will not take away your inner feelings, by no means. It will, if anything, relax you, its a sedative. I understand your point of view, and you'd feel that you were caving in of sorts, by taking the klonopin. I sincerely believe that if you feel, that you can handle your emotions, without a drug, do so. If you find, its to much, then take the klonopin.Your emotions will still be there, anger, guilt, happiness, joy. Just more eased up. Therapy is learning, how to cope with whatever the reason(s) are that one is in therapy for. If you took the klonopin, felt it wasn't necessary, then you can stop taking it. There are other drugs, outside the benzodiazepine family that are not as addictive (some not at all) that can help your anxiety levels. Either way, I hope that you are well, and that life is good. Best of wishes,pledge
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