Depression in benzo tolerance

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tolerance to benzo is awful. nobody told me about it and dr just kept writing prescriptions saying youre not on a high dose. now i am very depressed and need help, they have tried many anti depressants, all were intolerable, i feel really unwell and unable to have a normal day. dr says i have GaD but i feel i am so down he isnt willing to try another anti dep. what can i do?

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    Anne, have you looked into TMS ? there are so many antidepressants maybe you need a second opinion. just a thought sorry you are struggling but there is hope and may options. Find a new doctor

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    Anne, have you looked into TMS ? there are so many antidepressants maybe you need a second opinion. just a thought sorry you are struggling but there is hope and may options. Find a new doctor

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      thank you. yes i have been in touch with tms and when i asked psychiatrist here he more or less dismissed it. i found that quite disgusting for a professional. i am still thinking about it though. do you know much about it?

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      Hello ANN55375. I have to agree with the last couple of posts, if the doctor is apathetic about a very valid concern...you deserve a more receptive one. Just because they're prescribed doesn't mean the drugs aren't potentially dangerous. I by no means mean to imply theres not a better solution or substitute out there, I was only speaking of that specific drug, and my personal experience with it. I started at .5 mg\day, and within a couple of years I was up to 1mg- 5 times/day, and the perceivable benefits were next to nothing...which is why I attempted to stop taking it. I was fine the day after, but around lunchtime at work on the second day I began feeling the onset of anxiety. I never considered the CLONAZEPAM , or withdrawal from it was causing the grief, but the anxiety kept tightening until it was almost palpable the amount of distress it was causing psychologically. As you know, having an anxiety/depression condition leaves no safe quarter, it is always right there with you. You cant lay down as you would with a headache and find some relief, and theres no distracting yourself like you would a toothache. Emotional pain stalks you, and the deeper into the forest you run to try and hide from it, the more it has you to itself isolated and separated from potential help. By the time I finally considered that withdrawal was the culprit, I would have taken just about anything for relief...sure enough it was the benzo. I'm not exactly a happy camper while on it, but if going off it means going through that again...I'll never stop taking it. I've since read other nightmarish experiences that were nearly identical to my experience, so it isn't just me... I've also since seen BENZO singled out in several publications for the permanent damage it causes when taken long term. Find a reputable doctor, think positively, and keep your chin up... better days are coming .

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      your post is really interesting, sound like me you are stuck on valium if im right? I do find the depression stops me doing what i used to and all thr med does is take down the anxiety but as ive had such awful reactions to anti deps im left here. i see you say youll never stop taking it, i feel,im stuck in a similar vein.

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    Be careful with the entire family of medications. I've taken KLONOPIN for over half my life, mostly because the withdrawal is otherworldy bad and I fear enduring that ever again. The only reason I currently see a specialist is because my PCP kept tapering my dose down to nothing, and I was terrified of running out. I currently take the smallest daily dose possible without incurring the wrath of withdrawal. I've quit lots of drugs over the years with no problem, but this one is rough. The tolerance works against you too, the sedative effects are great for anxiety if constantly increasing dosage...but you can only take so much in a day. ALPRAZOLAM/VALIUM are an effective short term treatment for some, but as a long term solution/remedy, the costs quickly outweigh any benefit ( in my case anyways.) I completely stopped taking it once, and the anxiety it once treated was ten times as bad.

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    Benzos do not cure anything. I would change my dr if he/she was willing to provide me with an unlimited supply of benzodiazepines. You said that you have already tried different types of antidepressants - would you be able to tell exactly which meds did you take in the past?

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      they have tried me with prozac, sertraline, trazodone,lofepramine, duloxetine, amitriptylene, dosulepin, risperidone,seroquel and many others. all gave me terrible side effects so were changed. thats why im left with diazepam. i still feel there must be something out there to help my depression and anxiety. my days are so compromised i hardly go anywhere.

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    hi ann, i may not have any idea what this drug does but i know i will never take any antifepressant if i can avoid it. i have depression and i am having counselling at the moment to help me to cope, i also walk everyday, it doesn't matter where, it's just being out that is beneficial. go to a relaxation class, go and swim, speak to friends, sometimes i find talking to anyone else stops me going stir crazy or you could try mindfulness. i hope you get the support you need.

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      i have had counselling, many times, and hypnosis, acupuncture and homeopathy. i walk every day its dry. i cannot bear the thought of a class, i used to do yoga but cant face going anywhere like that. confidence has totally disappeared. i can only just get to shops but want to run home quickly. some days i can speak to friends on phone, others not. i think i cannot defeat this anymore and may end up on meds which dont suit me.

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