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Hello, I am sorry that you are having this issue with your medication and your doctors, I can understand how distressing this can be for you. Unfortunately there is no clear way to get a prescription for a benzodiazepine as every medical doctor, and in this case psychiatrist, has the discretion to prescribe what they are comfortable with and what is necessary for the patient. Benzodiazepines are a controversial subject these days due to the overwhelming regulation as these are one of the most frequently abused controlled substances on the market, so doctors are frequently turning away from them for other alternatives. The best way to try to find a psychiatrist (not a psychiatric nurse) that will be open to the idea (not a guarantee) to prescribe a benzodiazepine would be to find an older psychiatrist, usually ones with at least 30 years of experience under their belt, as these psychiatrist are more open to prescribing controlled substances than younger ones. This is due to more knowledge and studies being done on the harm of benzodiazepines (e.g. increased dementia
risk) that is being told in current medical schools and residencies, which older psychiatrists are not usually affected by. Another thing you want to look for are psychiatrists that only specialize in treating Anxiety
and Panic as these psychiatrists are seeing more and more patients that need benzodiazepines so they are a bit less defensive about prescribing it. The same would apply to psychiatrists that specialize in ADHD who prescribe the controlled substances of psychostimulants as they are more open to it than other doctors and psychiatrists. Here is a good link to find a psychiatrist near you that specializes in treating anxiety disorder.
You put your zip code and then all the way at the bottom on the left hand side you select psychiatrists.
Also try to find private practice psychiatrists, not ones affiliated with a hospital as the more bureaucracy you have the less likely the psychiatrist will be willing to prescribe a Controlled Substance.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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