First and foremost I am stating that I am NOT a medical doctor in any way so what I say comes from personal experience, others' experiences, as well as the hours and hours of research I've done. I realize that these medications are prescribed for anxiety and not depression, but I'm placing this message here because let me warn you of how much worse these meds can make your depression! I am only 24 so they should not have put me on Xanax at such a young age to begin with because of all of the dependency issues and tolerance issues, not to mention the severe withdraw issues. To give the Dr. credit I've been taking meds since I was 10 yrs. old and I guess this was my last resort? The Xanax gave me such a problem because I'd take it, relax, and 2 hours later feel 1,000 times worse (depression-wise) than before I took it. So, I was switched to Klonopin which seemed to work great at first, but as time went on my body built up a tolerance to the point where I had to take outrageous amounts just to relax and not only did it not work, it made me so depressed I felt suicide was the only thing that would save me. Right now I am in the process of weaning off of Klonopin (Clonazepam) and I am scared because the withdraw symptoms from quitting cold turkey or going off too fast are very severe and include, but are not limited to: seizures, psychotic episodes that could lead to permanent psychosis, tremors, etc... So, my point for writing this is just to say that although these types of meds (benzodiazepemz) may help some, they can seriously harm others or make things much worse than they were to begin with. One psychiatrist described these meds as medical alcohol. He said its like how at first someone can get a good "buzz" from 2-3 beers/drinks, then they start to drink more and eventually need more alcohol to get that same feeling they used to get from just 2-3. Please, anyone who is considering these meds just make sure you have ALL of the facts and you discuss in DETAIL the effects and outcomes of going on a benzodiazepem. If I knew then what I know now, I would have rather dealt with the constant anxiety everyday than go on these meds. They're scary! If anyone else has taken these meds and has any feedback of your own I'd love to hear it- SERIOUSLY! Like I said I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR OF ANY KIND and I'm only speaking from expreiences. I do know people who have been on one of these meds for about 20 yrs now and she doesn't notice a problem at all, but keep in mind that she also takes about 5 other meds to help her out. She's elderly and thinks the med is great, but after speaking with her doctor it turns out she could eliminate a lot of other meds if she eliminated the Xanax. Personally, I don't even feel these meds should be legal. Considering there are people out there who will offer you $100 a pill for Xanax or Valium, that should show you something right there. Let me know what you think.
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