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ask: Trying to wean off medication.

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I have anxiety and have heen taking clonazapam, but I want off and try to handle life without tranquilizers. The dr says what I am feeling isn't withdrawal but anxiety. How can I know? I have trouble accepting that I need tranquilizers to handle life and want to be free of them. Does anyone have any advice? The dr left it up to me, either I get off and deal w/anxiety or stay on and let the meds control it. I'm confused and feeling overwhelmed.

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,

To help you make a decision, evaluate how you are feeling. Common signs and symptoms of anxiety include:

feeling apprehensive
feeling powerless
having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
breathing rapidly
sweating
trembling
feeling weak or tired

Do you ever experience panic attacks that start suddenly and cause apprehension, fear, or terror?

Do you experience major anxiety when you are in a particular place, are exposed to a specific object or situation and have a desire to avoid it?

Do you ever experience intense emotions, have physical reactions and a desire to avoid anything that reminds you of an extremely traumatic event?

These are just three examples of reactions associated with severe anxiety disorders.

The two main treatments for anxiety disorders are behavior therapy or psychotherapy and medication. But, there are some lifestyle changes you might consider. These include keeping physically active, avoiding alcohol, stop smoking, reducing caffeine intake, yoga and mediation to relax, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy by focusing on more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fish. Avoid fried, fatty, sugary and processed foods.

Please keep us updated on your progress.
Wishing you the best,

Maryann

February 6, 2013 - 2:38pm
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