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Are you concerned about having to take the medication or did you want to explore other treatment options hence your question?
No, I am not concerned about taking medication, I just do not understand why my doctor wants me to cut down on my medication and I have been trying to do so, however all my anxiety, worries, fears and ocd has returned since I am taking less medication. I am asking with all my problems back why he is trying to cut down my medication, is the proper procedure? and if there is another type new medication out now that would help me with my disorders.
Only he knows why he had advised you to cut down on the medication (generally the doc discusses their motive with the client) It is quite possible that he is considering another medication in a different class. Xanax is highly addictive and there had been some controversies about Paxil. Some other medications could be Cymbalta which was approved by the FDA for anxiety and depression.
He may be looking at other medications that are not in the benzodiazepines class. It is not clear if it had been the same doctor prescribing the medication all along or you've seen others. You may be having benzo withdrawals and something called serotonin withdrawal. Hence, it would be very important to know the prescribing doc of your symptoms and difficulties that you're experiencing. Once it is ruled out that your symtoms are physiologicaly triggered due to the decrease in the medication, you may resort to counseling or even hypnotherapy to manage the psychological/emotional issues.