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Re: Lexapro-dosage for Anxiety HappyGirl

Posted by Hygieia's Bowl on August 31, 2008, at 7:41:56

In reply to Re: Lexapro-dosage for Anxiety, posted by HappyGirl on August 30, 2008, at 21:21:13

You'll have to bear with me regarding my soapbox regarding the difference between medical dependence versus addiction.

Addiction, as it is purely defined, has 4 characteristics:

1) Psych-social disruption
2) Tolerance that does not stop at a maintance dosing
3) Drug seeking behavior
4) Use of a substance for other than it's intended purpose.

Perhaps others see it as a matter of semantics but I never have. Some define addiction as any substance which has withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuing as being addiction but again, that's not what I see as a defining characteristic.

I am certainly medically dependent on Lexapro but in terms of addiction as I define it, no.


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