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Does anyone suffer from severe separation anxiety and trying to taper off of benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan
Does Anyone know how to taper off of lorazepam I was taking it because my husband abandoned me after almost 20 years and no communication no nothing it put me into shock and Trauma and that’s why the doctors put me on this anxiety drug but I want to taper off I heard that it’s very hard to taper off because the withdrawal symptoms can come back after we’re off of it
Hi @911489348. Welcome to Connect! We’re glad to have you here.
We have a number of members who have experience both with taking these types of medications and with withdrawing from them. I’m tagging @lorrainechavez, @susandenise, @purvissp, @roxie43, @shellb123 and @trytiffme who may be able to provide some support and insights. I’m also tagging @jbyrd and @mrshmallow who have posted about anxiety.
Also, I wanted to let you know i’m going to move this thread to the Mental Health group and changing the title slightly since I think you’ll get more activity that way.
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Benzos are the best, but learning how to deal with your emotions and practicing distress tolerance skills from a cognitive behavioral approach is better.
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HI Kelsy, can you place me with others on Lorazapam /ativan and zoloft, Im on both, and I am not sure I want to use these, Want to know more about tapering off , and which one to go first. The zoloft is suppose to be fore my anxiety, and the anxiety I am having is separation anxiety from my husband of 20 yrs just up and walked off and without a clue, The night before he said he loved me and when I got on the plane to leave for a week, he got on dating sites and never wanted to talk about it. I need a closure. not drugs. anyone out there in a similar position. I miss him and want to patch things up, Im devastated and I have a ton of responsibilities to take care of , I feel like a zombie taking the zoloft, Never been on it before, Im very sensitive to thesse things.
I cant stand the anxiety, any natural ways for the separation anxiety.
Im doing the breathing, prayers, meditation, but nothing helps,
Hi 911489348. I’m so sorry about what your husband did. Zoloft (which I take) is for depression and you should probably stay on it, because I’m not sure whether your mental health will plummet if you taper off. I also take ativan or valium, both of which are for anxiety. I also take other drugs and know I’d be in a desperate condition without them. If you see a therapist, and talk about what your husband did, that might help you process it eventually and you won’t need meds anymore. But something like what your husband did can Probably leave negative effects for a long time. Good luck.
Thank u cali lily.
Im.seeing therapist but 20 marriage .om.stuck. now I am worried about the withdrawals from getting off of Zoloft I’ve read so many horrifying dangers of taking this stuff and the worst of it is getting off I also take lorazepam have for 2 years helps me sleep but also I want to withdraw from that and again I’ve seen really bad things about getting off of it and once you’re off of it the withdrawal symptoms continue for months does anybody know about that out there has anybody had any positive results on getting off of lorazepam
@billymac65 I’m wondering if you could share your experience with tapering off lorazepam with new Connect member @911489348. @lakelifelady do you have any thoughts?
Well, I have not done so yet….but have Remeron prescribed for anxiety and depression. Would just take 1mg Lorazepam
In morning and the Remeron at bedtime. We will see how that works. I am greatly sensitive to meds, so I tend to be wary of anything new.
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I want to taper off safely…. from lorazapam. Ive taken it for a two yrs now after my husband left suddenly,. sever anxiety, Dr calls it separation anxiety and Im a mess in the morning. I go to gym few times a week, helps but it comes back, Im ok in the late evening, calm, but at 3am, it strikes again. I want off this stuff, it helps, me sleep, but the withdrawals scare me. but I am so afraid of the withdrawals. Help…. Recently Dr put me on Zoloft at 100, had to go back down, just dont feel right on that. and it doesn’t help. Why dont these drs tell us about the withdrawals and weaning off,
I don’t have separation anxiety.But,have anxiety&depress..So,it’s hard.
Hi!I cope with anxiety,depress.&fibromyalgia.Also,we’re moving an hr.away next week so that’s stressful.So,anxious 2 get settled again.Hopefully,my Marriage’ll improve&it won’t take me that long 2 adjust 2 a new area.Thx!
Although I was not on the medicines you noted. my condition may have been similar. With epilepsy and migraine headaches, my ex wife divorced me after 22 1/2 years of marriage and three children. I tried everything like mediation, etc., she would have none of that. Consequently, in 1985 I lost contact with all of them and they wouldn’t communicate with me. Looking into anxiety control for epilepsy trigger control, I studied and learned how to change course at times anxiety or depression would arise. I learned how to play some card games for fun, cribbage and 500. Basically, it was the friendship of others I sought and in doing that (playing the game) “took my mind off of my anxiety. OK. Once I did that and saw it worked. I then turned to watching a TV movie or CD movie from the library; taking a walk; communicating with others. That showed me “that as long as I was able to find things I liked or enjoyed and change my minds course (trend of thought)–I didn’t need such medicines to control my anxiety, because I learned how to do it. At this stage of my life, with cancer; the only thing I can’t control is pain–for which I have prescribed medicine. The anxiety from the past hurt, etc. I have full control over and no problem with. Try music also, it’s an excellent way to relax, lose worries and sometimes obtain what medicines are sometimes prescribed for.
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I appreciate your reply.We all need different approaches.Sorry,you’ve cancer.Praying 4 your healing.Also,I cope with chronic pain 2.Challenging!I’ve tried music;helps somewhat.Thx!
I have found that Klonopin is released slowly in the body and last much longer than Xanax
I’ll have 2 make note of that 1.Haven’t heard of it.But,thx!Sounds like a good 1.
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