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    Benzo Withdrawal - Support Wanted

    Day 1. And honestly looking for some advice or support as a do this.

    I've was taking Xanax (Azor here in South Africa) for a good 3 years or so, then was switched to clobazam (Urbanol) earlier this year. It's been about 4 years since I was put on benzos and while I know it's only recommended for short term use, I've remained on a low dose and my doctor only prescribed 2 months at a time.

    Now, with the brain fog of Fibro getting worse and my memory giving me issues, I decided it's time to get off. I'm tapering and doc said 1/2 my usual dose every night for 2 weeks then same dose but every second day for another 2 weeks.

    I took my first half dose last night and what a night it was! The nightmares and vivid dreams, waking up a lot and feeling a bit nauseous. This morning I feel super weird. Very dizzy, nauseous, tired. It also feels like someone is holding ice against my forehead and arms. And I have a strange feeling running up the back of my neck into my head, it changes from an icy feeling to a slight pins and needles feeling.

    I'm not freaking out... Yet, haha... Because I know I'll experience withdrawal (I tried to do this before and failed) and right now I'm just uncomfortable and feel a little weird. However, I know it's going to get a little harder before it gets easier.

    Anyone else go through benzo withdrawal after being on them for a few years? How did you manage? Any tips?

    #benzo #withdrawal #detox #Xanax #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Fibromyalgia #AnxietyMedication #PsychiatricMedication #Advice

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    Socialization

    Looking for advice- unfortunately, about two years ago when my anxiety was unbelievable, I got prescribed Xanax and did indeed become addicted. Very much so. It’s taken almost two years now but I’m almost off. My brains coming back. It’s exciting and also completely terrifying. I haven’t been able to work because of withdrawals, but I’m well enough now to at least get out into the world and start trying.
    I miss life. I miss people.
    The problem is, in my past, the people I had in my community as friends were not nice people. It’s not a great neighbourhood and holds a lot of dark memories from my past.
    I don’t have many people to rely on or even see and it’s led to (along with other things) a huge crash in self esteem and confidence.
    What are some things I can do to get out and be social without committing to a job yet? I’ve thought of volunteering but any other ideas are also helpful!

    #Benzos #withdrawal #Xanax #valium #Socializing #BPD #social isolation #CovidIsolation #selfisolation #Newfriends

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    New Medication Side Effects

    After 5 years of dealing with GAD and panic/anxiety attacks; trying over 50 different medications; I was finally prescribed xanax. I have a lot of physical symptoms of anxiety and no other medication worked. I’ve wanted to try a benzodiazepine for a really long time and when my doctor said we could try it I almost cried. I don’t take it everyday, only as needed but it has really helped a lot. However , I’m experiencing some weird side effects. When I take it , I get hungry and my libido increases. I looked it up to see if this was normal but everything is saying that it typically decreases libido. Has anyone else experienced this ?? #Anxiety #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #Xanax

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    Not Trusted

    So I suffer from anxiety. But I am also a recovering alcoholic. The only medication that helps me when I have a panic attack or an anxiety attack is Xanax. I never abuse it. A 30 day supply can last me for 3 months because I only take it when I need it. I have never felt that it was addictive for me. But my thearapist refuses to prescribe me Xanax because she says that it works in the same way that alcohol does and she does not want me to depend on Xanax. She wants me to try Busbar. But I do not want another medication that I have to take daily. I just need something for when I actually need it. I find it very frustrating that therapists always think that they know what’s better for you than you do, and I cannot stress enough to her that she is hindering my mental health recovery. Wondering if I should change therapists. Anyone else go through this?
    #Anxiety #notrust #nottrusted #Medication #benzodiazipine #PanicAttack anxietyattack #Xanax

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    Alprazolam & Mood Swings

    My psychiatrist prescribed me with Alprazolam 500mcg and should only be taken when needed.

    Please tell me if the reasons below are okay for me to pop in one 500mcg of Alprazolam almost on a daily basis but not daily.

    Lately, I’ve been taking it for almost everyday. The reasons that I have are the following:

    1. When I got so upset with someone dear to me that I started my heart beating fast, I started hurting myself. I took a pill after.
    2. When I was feeling down, really sad, feel like crying.
    3. Worried too worried that I couldn’t work.
    4. When I found out that the same person (no.1) might have cancer of the blood.

    Lately I’ve been feeling sad, additional factors:

    1. That person who might have cancer, I’m scared.
    2. The lockdown in our country + the bad response with the pandemic.
    3. Fear of getting the virus.
    4. Still no vaccine for the public.

    Hope someone helps me out. My next session with my psychiatrist is not until May 2021.

    #alprazolam #Xanax #Anxiety #Depression

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    (TW- suicide attempt) If you have survived a suicide attempt, specifically an overdose, how did you recover? Physically, psychologically?

    I have attempted to overdose before. Waking up alone, realizing I was still alive then vomitting my insides out is not what I expected to happen. But it did. Unfortunately i know a lot of people have a similar story. I often think about overdosing again. Specifically on Xanax because it seems like it will be less likely to screw me over than any other pills I have acess to. But in planning it I realized I’m still not recovered from my last attempt. Physically I was fine and didn’t have any major deficits (that I know of.. I never got admitted anywhere). But mentally I don’t know. I never really took the time to examine it. I just put it on the back burner with all my other crap. I never processed through it but maybe cuz there’s nothing to process? Maybe cuz it happened a while ago. Or just cuz I see the issue as black and white- I tried to die, but I lived. End of story. Just black and white, simple. You know? Anyway if you’re comfortable, feel free to share any stories. About your physical or emotional recovery. I mean it’s probably not going to be of value to me I don’t actually know why I’m asking lol. I guess I’m just curiois to see if people had my same mindset of not going to the hospital and just pretending it didn’t happen and not telling anyone. Don’t mean to be insensitive I just take things with humor a lot or depersonalize.

    #Depression #Suicide #SuicidalThoughts #BipolarDisorder #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #dissociativedisorders #overdose #Xanax #pills #DepressiveDisorders

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    I’ve been on a rollercoaster all my life

    Up up up down down down up ⬆️ up ⬆️ up 🆙 . Usually a negative situation/person will cause a depressive episode- avoid that at all costs. If you go down keep fighting, find some inspiration to build you back up. Finding hobbies you enjoy and music will help you out of a depression . For me, it’s listening to music, watching tv/movies, reading, writing and yoga 🧘‍♀️ .

    Much love 💕 love you all💚🧡💛💙💜 !

    #Bipolar1Disorder #PTSD #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #lithium #Xanax #Love

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    #Xanax , # alcohol

    I have been off of Xanax for 3 weeks and off booze for 1. Xanax withdrawal sucks!

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    Can I Take Two .5mg of Alprazolam

    Today’s been stressful and I’ve already had an axiety attack. I took .5mg of alprazolam and thinking of taking another those

    I feel like I need to calm myself to stop myself from going balistic and all

    Please help #Anxiety #alprazolam #Xanax

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    Does anyone else feel #anxious after sleeping in and taking meds late?

    Lately I've again developed a habit of staying up late and sleeping till noon or sometimes even till 1 or 2 pm, I don't know how to get this back on track, and I always feel like sh#t when I wake up late, especially after taking my #Xanax and #Sertraline.

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