Have others had this?

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just wondered if others have had intrusive thoughts and ocd type symptoms along with the anxiety. Mine caused by zopiclone withdrawal also did withdraw from sertraline so probabl that as well, just wondered if citalopram helped ease yours. Only 3 weeks in but slight shift just hoping will eventually go. CBT was useless also self help books didn't help. Have had couple sessions with psychotherapist who has been really helpful. Thinks may have had anxiety for while as got very toxic mother, and been masked by zopiclone.. Just wondered if others improved with meds and therapy. I understand anxiety causes it but the therapy gives you insight as to what might triggered it.

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    intrusive thoughts are literally just anxiety x when someone has strong anxiety it's normal to have intrusive thoughts. it's horrible and they really do feel horrible and uncomfortable but just remind yourself they are only temporary and once the anxiety starts to go they will clear up.

    strangely everyone gets intrusive thoughts without anxiety too but because they aren't anxious it doesn't hold the same impact so people barely give them a second thought. when anxious you will feel them so much more it's horrible.

    the best way to deal with them is don't react if you can. just remind yourself they are only temporary and just a symptom of anxiety. its not that easy though is it. would be good if it was.

    therapy in combination with meds is a lot better than just one of them on there own for sure. t gets to the cause of your anxiety and when you realise what causes it it does feel like a weight has been lifted. x

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      TThanks for replying. Should have had therapy before had years of toxic mother favours my sister and excludes me from lot stuff, therapist says needs to work on my self esteem stopping zopiclone opened floodgates. Just worry will have them forever but guess 3 weeks still early days. Current situation doesnt help difficult to distract myself. Are you doing any better. Ido think all the restrictions affect anyone with existing anxiety a lot more.

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      sounds like stopping the zopliclone definitely did open up some old wounds. withdrawals are hard at the best of times let alone getting anxiety break through when stopping. the therapy will help you accept and move on and help prevent further problems and recurring bad memories and the med will be a life saver when it kicks in.

      yeah all this corona stuff really isn't helping matters is it? just adds to the stress of things. and Is pretty scary too x

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      TThink because GP made me go cold turkey after 12 years all went haywire. Hopefully will help soon. Just scared myself someone on benzo buddies said ended up with OCD permanently but does tend be full of horror stories on there. Prior to this didnt want mix with with people for last couple months now I'm desperate to socialise. How long you been on them?

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      I went cold turkey off a benzo brew years ago as I didn't know any better and it was horrible for a few weeks but no permanent damage. I was only on them a few years though tbf.

      it's more likely that they had OCD and the benzo was making it and once they came off it came back. I understand anxiety can be a problem when coming off something that helps it after a long time.

      those forums scare me so I try to avoid them as much as possible. lol.

      it's all horror stories. and doesn't help the anxiety does it.

      I've been on 20mg for 8weeks

      then 30mg for 18 weeks and now 40mg for 5 days now x uggghhh it sucks I just want to be normal again! you know how that is aswell.

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      Yes I think you are probably right, don't go on benzo buddies really now as you say full of horrific stories and think lot people seem to be on a real cocktail of drugs on there.

      I know you almost forget what normal feel like. I'm thinking increasing gradually up to 10mg in maybe 2 or 3 weeks, I think do need to be on slightly higher dose to get rid of the thoughts. I'm quite sensitive to med so want try stay low dose. All very trial and error, when I tried sertraline was horrific gave me really bad OCD on top of the intrusive thought and anxiety was awful. Hope things soon level out for you.

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