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ask my doc for benzos?

Posted by Darrell on December 7, 1998, at 11:23:43

I'm thinking of asking my doctor for a prescription for
Valium or some other benzodiazepine. This is based on
several things. My symptoms are mainly a combination of
mild depression and anxiety--for years. I just don't feel
vital and "alive" most of the time. My social life is
non-existent, and there's just no joy in much of anything.
My work performance has not suffered too much, thankfully.
BTW, any form of anti-depressant or SSRI (incl. St. John's Wort)
in any dosage leaves me feeling like a zombie.

Quite a few years ago, right before I started college, I
started taking Valium for several months. (I acquired these without
a was a long time ago.) I seemed to be able to
stop taking them for a couple of days at a time with no
problems, and when I finally ran out, I didn't
notice any serious withdrawal effects. The remarkable
thing about this time in my life was that my energy and
concentration levels were higher than at any time in my
life. That semester, I made the dean's list with a 3.9
GPA. I never came close to that the rest of my college career.
I also drank less alcohol, and had at least some semblance of
a social life. That was a joyous and exciting time in my
life. Was this due solely to the newness of the college experience?

My concerns about asking my family doctor to prescribe a benzo center
on whether he will take anything I say seriously, whether
what I experienced many years ago with Valium is repeatable,
and how sustainable a therapy like this is. I certainly didn't
notice any problems with short-term memory loss at the time.
I don't want to annihilate the rest of my life for the
sake of feeling better. Any thoughts?





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