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A Psychiatrist’s Perspective: Conversation with Dr. Alexis Ritvo (Part 2 of 2)

Updated: Mar 12, 2023

Dr. Alexis Ritvo is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also Medical Director for the Alliance for Benzodiazepine Best Practices and Co-Chair for the Benzodiazepine Action Work Group. In Part II of our conversation with Dr. Ritvo, we dive into the world of the benzo experience that so many of us face as patients. We discuss how to find a doctor, the return of emotions, finding confidence and a stable mindset, therapy, mindfulness, and even the mammalian diving reflex. Lots of great info. Please check it out.

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00:00 INTRODUCTION 04:45 INTERVIEW Intro 06:30 Finding a Doctor 10:40 Prescribing by GPs 14:15 Moving Past the Anger 15:54 Return of Emotions 18:19 Self Confidence 19:37 A Stable Mindset 22:55 Therapy, Medication, Etc. 25:37 Mindfulness 27:04 Mammalian Diving Reflex 30:06 Polydrugging 35:53 When to Prescribe Benzos 40:46 Science of Benzo Dependence 44:30 Benzos and Alcohol 47:08 Words of Advice 51:54 Closing



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INTERVIEW WITH DR. RITVO — BIC’s Benzo Cooperative Doctors: — VA – Mindfulness Awareness: — Mammalian Diving Reflex (NCBI): — Mammalian Diving Reflex (Psychology Today):


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