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Re: ask my doc for benzos?

Posted by Peter on December 16, 1998, at 15:38:58

In reply to ask my doc for benzos?, posted by Darrell on December 7, 1998, at 11:23:43


So what did you decide to do? Or what action did you take,
and how did it go?

> 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?
> Thanks.




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