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Hi there! I am sorry to hear that you are struggling through this period of detox; the symptoms that you feel seem to be scaring you even more, and it sounds like the Ativan was the most helpful. I definitely would speak to your Dr. about a very low dose of the Ativan to help you sleep, but beyond that, you might benefit from learning some relaxation techniques that you can do yourself right at home to get in touch with your body and it's natural ability to calm itself. As the saying goes, the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, and once we learn to manage the bodies "fight or flight" response, life becomes much more manageable. Counterbalancing the stress hormone, cortisol, that the body produces with the naturally-produced endorphins and serotonin through exercise or any physical activity, and by giving/receiving hugs, having a pet, laughing, can make the symptoms lessen, as well. Here is a link to some simple relaxation techniques to start with: http://helpguide.org/mental/stress_relief_meditation_yoga_relaxation.htm
I hope you know that you can overcome this period of time and can get better and stronger by taking control over this issue and making the choice to not be a victim of anxiety any longer! :-)
I need to address what I am feeling right now. The symtoms...not the answer after the symtoms subside. Will these symtoms kill me?
Of course, this venue is not meant as a physical diagnosis... were you able to ask the Dr. about any of them? I would say that any detox will set your body off balance, yet the stress and anxiety you feel about the symptoms will make it worse... which is more of what it sounds like to me.
I am wondering, if you can stop for a second, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and tell yourself that you are safe, that your body needs time to adjust to the physical changes.... do any of the symptoms decrease?
Or is it just too powerful?
I am sorry but it is the physical symtoms that come after the small dose of Xanax wears off. I am calm until the withdrawal symtoms come back. After going too long without a small amount of Xanax in me. They came back when I first opened my eyes this morning and it was not stress that brought them on. It doesn't sound like you are too familiar with handling Xanax withdrawal and the physical symtoms it causes.
I thought you were a psychiatrist, not just an LPC. I need a doctor.
I apologize if I haven't been much help here... I would definitely call your doctor and ask advice... I will opt out to see if another expert can help further here, and I wish you all the best in getting past this!! Take good care!!
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