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Re: Help with anxiety/benzos

Posted by utopizen on October 7, 2004, at 21:59:55

In reply to Re: Help with anxiety/benzos KevinM, posted by Michael Bell on October 7, 2004, at 20:32:27

Taking a benzo other than Klonopin because of depression as a side-effect really needs to be re-thought. Stop and examine what's REALLY agitating things. Sure, Klonopin can lead to depression, but let's not kid ourselves: there's people who never get depressed while on Klonopin for years, and no one knows why.

You may simply be more prone to experiencing depression, especially given that you already have a mental illness. The Klonopin may simply be agitating existing factors in your life. Maybe your support system or life events are stressing you out, maybe you lack a mate at the time, I have no clue. But it's very important to consider all these things, and take them seriously. CBT is very important too. There's no guarantee simply removing Klonopin will remove your depression, and trying to focus all of your energy on benzo alternatives might be interfering with your other options.

Talk to your doc/therapist, and take one thing at a time. But most importantly, chill- you're smart, and are sure to get to the matter at some point.




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