What study are you referring to? I'm interested to see a double blind study that shows SSRIs to be comparable to placebo in regards to anxiety.
I myself have not read the studies. I don't have time, honestly. If they do or do not exist, the studies that is, I am sure that there is some bias interlaced in methodology or administration, despite scientific claim. . However, there are many people who are helped by SSRI's and many that are not, and science cannot yet tell us why
they work, exactly. I'm not trying to turn this into an argument, and I think we are essentially saying the same thing. One can find studies that say anything, but it is the individual experience of the patient that matters.
Also, I believe much of the bad publicity benzos get is from the general lack of knowledge on the part of those who prescribe them. Like insights mentioned many doctors attempt to get you off of them in record time, without giving you a real taper schedule, or any information at all. The ones I encountered preferred I stay on them simply because they didn't know how to taper me off correctly. Like I said, I was met with blank stares and referrals to other doctors when I asked to be tapered off of Ativan, I eventually had to find a psych on my own who had some experience in it, and was open to letting me go at a reasonable pace. They simply weren't designed to be long term (over a few months) solution.
Many of those same doctors will try to take you off of anti-depressants without a proper taper, too, which results in many ill effects. You were met with the general ignorance of the medical profession on prescriptions in general, and your experience is unique to you. As mentioned, I tapered and was done and had no withdrawal problems and no urgings to return to Ativan, either physical or psychological. As far as a long-term solution, there are people who have taken the same dose of a benzo for years and claim it has helped them. Again, I don't have time to look up studies. I can only go on what is self-reported. And again, I think we are on the same side of the question.
Being an alcoholic or a street drug user is really a moot point, I never took more than was prescribed. It's not an addiction, it's a physical dependance happening.
Not so. It may be moot for you and for others, but there are those who abuse any substance at hand. And...aside from a physical dependence, which can happen with SSRI's, SNRI's and many other, non-psychotropic drugs, there can, for those who abuse, be a psychological dependence. Again, you are taking your subjective experience and extrapolating. Nothing wrong with that, but it is not universal or even statistical truth.
Until doctors get wise to the fact that people do have trouble coming off of BZDs, I have no problem with them being more conservative in prescribing them. Had I known then what I do now, I would have refused the prescription and dealt with the anxiety I was having while starting an SSRI. I just can't see an argument for them being anything other than a last resort option for long term use in dealing with anxiety. As far as the Reefer Madness analogy I would imagine anyone dealing with issues getting off of Opiates/BZDs or even SSRIs for that matter would much prefer to have a "dependance" on pot lol.
I think your first sentence can be applied to many drugs, including SSRI's and SNRI's. How can doctors be more conservative in prescribing benzos? To get a doctor to supply someone with more than two to three months worth (at least in the US) is virtually impossible, and soon, probably, they will not be available at all. And again, you are taking your subjective experience and applying it universally. There are many who say exactly what you are saying about benzos and state the same with SSRI's and SNRI's. Read the many forums out there, but remember, these people, like you, are self-reporting their problems. Those who are not experiencing problems do not usually turn to the internet and post positive reviews, though there are some pages out there that do.
My reference to "Reefer Madness" is to call to the fore the fact that there is an anti-medication crowd out there, many of whom have had bad experiences, who seek to ban and/or severely restrict not only benzos but SSRI's, SNRI's, and opiates of all types, insisting that they are dangerous, based on their experience
. These people start movements and get the ear of politicians who want to be able to say they are helping to quaff out "dangerous drugs" and they enact legislation. I call this "Med Madness", and some of these same folks are those who are of the "tough it out" and "I would never take it had I known" and "Big Pharma is behind it all" and, worst of all, the "snap out of it" crowd who think that anxiety and depression are simple funks. We are
on the same side of this issue, really. I just disagree about the efficacy of benzos, thinking they do and can have a long-term place for some people.
Sorry to hear about your father. Hospitals often have to abide by the "first, do no harm" deal to absolve themselves from responsibility in the case of malpractice suits.
The hospital's action was part of the 80's "Med Madness", which came and, thankfully, went. But Med Madness is coming back with a vengeance and many, many will suffer in the future.
Part of the problem is that a visit to your doctor used to be a private affair; now it is a political act with the passage of the ACA in the US. Anything political is subject to the ignorance of the politicians, writ large, I'm afraid, and the whims of the collective or the voice of the protester who can catch the ear of the same politicians.