... anxiety.im just wondering you know they say certain antidepressants help with that..well i have to take both.if i dont sometimes i dont leave my house for days and if im not on benzos i wont go anywhere unless i just have too..im in therapy to learn to deal with it but its not doing to good.is there anybody out there like that.and if so how have you learned to deal with this.see i also have seizure disorder and if i get around a crowd of people without my klonipi i will go right into seizures... so i really dont see anything wrong with me being on the benzos,i meen i have to take for my seizures anyway but its an added bonus for myanxiety. i meen now i can live a normal life.please tell me there is somebody else out there dealing with the same issues.i hope im not alone
I have taken Ativan for my anxiety. I was on it for four months, as needed. If your doctor has prescribed benzodiazepines for your condition, and you are taking them as prescribed, then there is really no problem for you. I learned some very good coping skills to circumvent an anxiety attack, and therefore no longer need the Ativan to deal with them. THey did help until my therapy taught me other ways. If the doctor told me I still needed it, then I would certainly not hesitate to take as prescribed. Good luck!
My husband has very severe major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder and agoraphobia (fear of leaving his home mainly; its affect varies) and is prescribed Paxil and lorazepam daily. He has been affected throughout his life and combined with talk-therapy counseling made tremendous strides even his psychiatrist found inspiring. He's a quiet introverted man and always self-sufficient and independent since age 15 when he began working. I met him when I was 15; he was 17 and we lived on the same block. In his late 20's he was completely alone in downtown Los Angeles with his cat, unable to work, unable to attend personal grooming or daily activity and had stopped speaking. His beloved cat was the sole reason and dread of going out the door: for kitty food. His sister found him barely alive and he began treatment with a great psychiatrist, a talk counselor a couple times a week and daily antidepressant (back then, prozac) and xanax.
He said it was his last hope and so he gave it his best shot. He said it was the hardest step to the best experience of his life that was slow but steady and amazed anyone who knew him back when and then the tremendous torment and pain to the healthy, back working and future planning man with his happy pal cat. I was astounded and respected his pain and conviction to get help until he was either healthier or hopeless when our paths crossed at age 30. He was honest and realistic about his mental health to know it wasn't 'cured' but was working again and able to live with pride at knowing who he is. That was in the 1980's when antidepressants like prozac and benzo's like xanax had just developed. We married and although it has come back several times severely, he continues with Paxil and Ativan daily and we've had a wonderful marriage throughout. You are not alone in your symptoms or need of these medications and counseling, my friend. Do not concern yourself about your social anxieties, the fears of leaving your safe home; feeling embarrassed or strange is unnecessary. The medications today are not experimental, they have succeeded in saving many lives to enable one to heal and live with goals and self-confidence. Please know you have a future that begins with what you are working on now and the tools they gave you: the medications are there to assist you just as much as therapy will give you insight and knowledge of who you are and how to shape your life to manage your illness and have a life beyond it. I'm glad you asked this and it gave me a chance to share what me and my husband know is true. All the best to you, my friend.
Hi, please understand you are NOT alone, I've been on benzos (Ativan, also called Lorazapam) continously for 30 years now, and on anti-depressants for 25 years. I know exactly where you are coming from, as to millions of others. What you most have to think about is your quality of life, you may need these drugs for your day-to day existence, as I do, but then UI think of all the other people who can't get by without their "crutch", their daily support, whether it be reaching for a cigarette, a cup of very strong coffee, whatever, we all have something we rely on, even babies who are comforted by sucking on a piece of cloth.
I know I am totally dependent on Ativan, totally addicted to it, and yes, there are times when I have felt very bitter towards doctors for never warning me of the dangers of addiction, but 30 years have gone by, I have seen so many pschyiatrists and been to many group therapy sessions or paid privately for 1-1 sessions, but now public funding doesn't cater for the forgotten millions like us, any available funds now goes towards treatment of those on hard drugs like heroine or cocaine. The bottom line is trying not to worry, enjoying life to the full, and above all remembering you are not alone!! The anti-depressant I am currently on is Efexor (also called venlafaxine), it's worked fantastically for me and stopped the agorophobia and fear of crowds, tall buildings, etc, so that now I can live a very good life the other side of the world from where I was born and walk around, work, do normal things I could only dream of 15 years ago. I could never go anywhere without my car, and when out could only go a few hundred yards with my car always in sight. Well, now I don't have a car, and don't think about not being able to get around. Sure, I have good days and bad days (I also take 4 different medicines for high blood pressure) but above all else it's no longer a stigma or cause of embarrasment taking these tablets cos i know my quality of life is so good. I hope this helps you, please get in touch again if you want more info from me, and above all try and enjoy your life as much as you can in the knowledge there are millions of us around the world in the same situation. Good luck to you, stay well.
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