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Ive been on 0.5 mg tablets of Lorazepam for three weeks today

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Ive been on 0.5 mg tablets of Lorazepam for three weeks today for anxiety feel awful on it hows the best way to get off it?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 11 months ago.
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

It is not unusual for someone to feel worse on medications or to not have any reaction at all. Medications are helpful to ease the symptoms but they vary in their effectiveness. Each person has their own body chemistry and what works for one may not work for another. Medications can help to reduce your symptoms quickly so you can work on overcoming your fears, but for anxiety, they are meant to either work in tandem with therapy or just as a short term solution to help you feel better until therapy can become effective.

To taper off your medication, you want to talk to your doctor about cutting back slowly. Going off your medication suddenly could cause side effects. Because you are on a small dose, you might be able to cut back by cutting out one dose a day until you feel ready to cut more or even taking half of what you normally take. Here is a good resource to help you decide how you want to taper off:

http://www.benzobuddies.org/

You can also begin to treat your anxiety in other ways. The good news is that anxiety is easy to treat with therapy. In therapy, you learn to pay attention to what you are thinking to make yourself anxious. The therapist then can help you change your thoughts and therefore how your body reacts to your thoughts. You also can learn about how to let yourself float through your anxiety thereby gaining more control over how you feel. When anxiety comes on, you allow it to flow over you without tensing or panicking in response. This makes the anxiety reduce or go away faster. To find a therapist, talk to your doctor about a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.

You can also help yourself at home. There are numerous resources to help you learn more about anxiety. Here are some to get you started:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_self_help.htm

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne is excellent for any fears. It is self help and contains everything from supplements to relaxation techniques.

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by Bill Knaus Ed.D. and Jon Carlson Psy.D. Ed.D.

From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life by Lucinda Bassett

http://helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm

You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate
Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC, Therapist
Category: Mental Health
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