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I can imagine how frustrating this situation must be for you. The most important baseline I think you would want to give the doctor is a record of your baseline moods. When you're feeling anxious, when you're feeling depressed, or irritable, or other moods.
Here are three resources: the first are computer programs for tracking moods:
They are both popular; Moodtracker is perhaps more well known, at least here in the US. Here, though, is a simple printout with charts that you can copy and fill in by hand and that may be enough:
The idea here is for you to track your mood changes for 10 days or longer. Then when you go to your doctor to discuss the problems you're experiencing and ideas for how to address them, you'll have some data that he/she can look at so that you can discuss the options.
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That is helpful. I am taking .25 mg every other day of lorazepam (you do know what that is don't you?). Should I taper off more or can I just quit? I was taking .25 every day and now I feel a bit angry, what the symptoms of withdrawal that I need to consider?