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Re: clonazepam concerns

Posted by zeugma on December 25, 2003, at 23:29:19

In reply to Re: clonazepam concerns, posted by KellyD on December 25, 2003, at 23:03:53

> I'm suppose to be taking a self imposed hiatus from the board, so don't tell anyone I'm here... ha, ha.
> Seriously, being a fairly long time user (~2yrs) of LOW dose K, I will tell you I have gone periods of time and needed only .125 mgs per day. I stay within a range .125 - .5 per day. Now, some will say that's subtherapeudic and if that's all one is taking you don't need it... well, for me, I disagree, it's what works for me and it's how I use it.
> I will say, while most of the time it doesn't make me tired and slightly lethergic, there are times it does or something does. Some will also submit that that is another sign the K isn't needed. Again, for me, I disagree... I'm basing my findings on what happens if I discontinue... my anxiety returns... I don't consider it "withdrawal"... it is simply the disorder I must put "in order".
> I hope maybe this info will help. I wanted you to know at least one person takes THAT low a dosing. You know yourself and I know you'll work this out as what's best for you.
> Take care.... and yes, holidays are not a good time for MOST folks, despite what greeting card companies want us to believe.
> Best,
> Kelly

thank you so much for your post, Kelly. I have been having a rough day....I felt a strong need to isolate myself after a hectic week: a friend's birthday, several holiday parties, NOT the easiest thing for someone with Avoidant Personality Disorder to cope with. Then there's another weakness of mine: I ate tons of chocolate over the past 2 days, partly induced to do so by nerves: the upshot has been a tension headache and queasiness. I took .125 this morning and about half an hour ago took another quarter pill. I was able to eat a PBJ after that and feel a little better.

As i said before, K is remarkably effective for social anxiety. I actually had little anxiety during the most stress-provoking episode, the aforementioned friend's b'day where there were some people I hadn't seen in a long time: I was able to relax and socialize in a way I never was able to before, despite the fact that I've been completely avoiding alcohol. What actually makes me nervous is not the social contact itself, but the conflict with my desire to AVOID others as much as possible. I was so hopeful that the clonazepam would help with this avoidance, that I could finally try to date a girl without getting an anxiety attack, not to mention hold down a job that requires a lot of social contact (I've been fired from many jobs in the past, because of inability to deal with people, and I was determined not to let it happen this time: so far it hasn't!).

I'm hoping the depression and fatigue is due to the stress of the holiday season and the fact that I've had time on my hands to worry about everything.




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