On July 11, 2017 thousands and thousands of people worldwide are joining forces to educate the public and bring awareness of this iatragenic illness called Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome. I hope you learn something from my story posted on YouTube. 2017 #WBAD ~ My story. My only desire in sharing is to help someone possibly not have to go through the terror and horror I did when I ended my as prescribed dose too abruptly. I do not recommend doing what I did.
IF you are on any benzodiazepines chronically and are having side effects that are making your life miserable, I urge you to do some research and learn how to come off the medications and how to heal in time. This class of medication is only to be used in the hospital setting for surgical procedures or for special circumstances for no more than 2 weeks.
Listed below are some excellent resources to begin your study of how these types of medications, anxiolytics and sleeping medications (Z-drugs) cause great harm and even in some cases, death by unintentional overdose or sadly by completed suicides.
Professor Heather Ashton was has been the leading medical professional on how to taper off Benzodiazepines for the last 15 years. There are many YouTube videos about her as well as excerpts of her writings. The most important document for those considering withdrawing off benzodiazepines is the Ashton Manuel. Here is a link: Benzodiadiazepines: How they work and how to withdraw
Another of Pf. Ashton’s writing includes excellent descriptions of protracted withdrawals, which occur in an estimated 30% of patients who decide they no longer want the medications or their doctors have decided to withdraw them in a much too short of period of time or they have been on them much to long than they should ever be taken. Protracted Withdrawal Symptoms from Benzodiazepines.
The Benzodiazepine Information Coalition is an excellent starting place for learning the dangers of Benzodiazepines. It’s time to talk about Benzodiazepines.
Dr. Peter Breggin is a leading psychiatrist and the author of many books and papers about the problem with Benzodiazepines. He has brought the plight of patients harmed by psychopharmocology into the public eye. Here is a link to his page titled What your doctor may not know Psychiatric Drug Facts.
That is a good starting point at least.
There is much support out there if you look around and I encourage you to utilize Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram to just see how many of your medications have a support group somewhere because the side effects outweigh the benefit.
Thanks for reading and thanks for watching and I hope you show you care by sharing!
July 10, 2017 marks 9 months my body has had to work on healing without any benzodiazepines. I am so grateful to the entire Worldwide Benzodiazepine Awareness movement. You are saving lives! You helped save mine!