Hello I believe I can help you with your concern
I am so sorry that you have these symptoms of OCD and for what you have been through during your life, I can understand how this can be distressing for you
So you wanted to ask if the Klonopin can be addictive if you do not take it every day. Yes it can be still addictive for some people, as this is a very physically addicting medication, but because you are taking such a low dose and not all the time, most likely it will be addictive for you as the current dosage and for how often you take the medication
I also wanted to ask you, you mention that you are seeking therapy for your symptoms of OCD, is this with a therapist that specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
No. You also answered that this will be addictive. Is this correct
I said it can be addictive even for some people that take the medication infrequently, but is does not happen often. I believe you are at a low risk for you being addicted to it because you are at a low dosage in combination of not taking it everyday.
Now if you take this dosage every day also, most likely you would not have severe withdrawal symptoms anyway. Most people have the severe withdrawal symptoms when they are taking much higher dosages (around 2-3mg) of this medication everyday for years.
So you should not worry about the potential addictiveness of this medication at the current dosage
Thank you for that. Do you have any recommended reading or techniques for stopping the looping that is so tiring
You mean for your symptoms of OCD? Well the best treatment and most evidence based treatment for OCD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective as well, then your symptoms will lessen. So I believe that these treatment books can be helpful for you.
Also I wanted to add, if the Zoloft is not as effective for your symptoms of OCD as you would like, you can consider switching to another SSRI antidepressant called Lexapro that is more effective and usually has less side effects too.
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Is this a good transition from Zoloft. I have been taking this for 15 years. I am afraid it wouldn't work as well. I was one of these stubborn people that thought I could beat this with chamomile tea!