After two weeks of frightening and mysterious symptoms (and a clean bill of health), I've self-diagnosed myself as benzodiazapine dependant. I want off this stuff (Ativan), where do I begin? I've been on 1mg daily for 4 years, all was fine until 2 weeks ago. Terrifying anxiety, elevated blood pressure, trembling, pounding heart, pressure in ears, tight chest and throat, all relieved when I take my meds. I've upped my dose, adding a 1/2mg to keep symptoms at bay.