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I have been on diazepam for 17 years, current dose is 20mg per day.
Just over 3 months ago I felt like I was going into withdrawal despite taking my usual dose, doc said not possible, researched and found out it is!
The worst part for me is that my agoraphobia has gotten so bad, before diazepam I was not agoraphobic,about 5 years in I reached the stage where I could only go out with hubby and only to certain places.
The past 3 months however have been something else! I feel awful everywhere and even with hubby there, nowhere is okay anymore and it's not just panic attacks, it's feeling scared and overwhelmed for no reason at all.
Now I had planned to taper soon, just want to get past my youngest child's birthday first which is only a few days away so not long now.
I know everyone has a different experience in withdrawal but should I prepare for the agoraphobia to worsen? It's so bad now that I force myself out and through the awful feelings but I can't do half as much as I could a few month ago.
So when I do start to actually withdraw I assume that will get harder, I read how some people recover from agoraphobia after stopping benzos but that is after the withdrawal process is completed.
It's going to take a long time to complete my taper, I intend to go slow so whilst I go through it I think the agoraphobia will worsen, of course this will be awful but it's not great now so if it worsens is that all normal and part of the road to eventual recovery?
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