Benzo Bad Guys: Anger, Aggression, Depression and Obsession
Updated: Mar 23
Have you ever heard of Benzo Rage? What about other withdrawal symptoms like depression, aggression, or violent tendencies? All these behaviors can be escalated by benzos and learning how to deal with them just might be the key to success.
In today’s episode, D explores the behavioral symptoms of benzo withdrawal and shares a few resources which might help manage them. He also shines a light on Benzo Buddies, shares a comment about yeast overgrowth and candida, and tells a caregiver story from Long Island, New York.
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00:00 Introduction 06:00 Mailbag 09:20 Benzo News 11:28 Benzo Spotlight 14:52 Benzo Story 21:06 FEATURE: Benzo Bad Guys 53:56 Moment of Peace
The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.
“The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs” by Rachel Aviv from NewYorker.com
Benzo Free Podcast: Episode #12 — “Conversation with a Caregiver”
“What Do Doctors Need to Understand About Patients on Benzos?” by Jocelyn Pedersen from Benzo Brains
“10 Tips for the Benzo Caregiver” by D E Foster on Benzo Free
“Benzo Use in Pregnancy: Study Findings” by D E Foster on Benzo Free
FEATURE: Benzo Bad Guys
“Over Anxious Americans” by Renee Garfinkel from the Washington Times
“Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years” by Lauren Cox on ABC News
“Britain Takes Halcion Sleeping Pills off the Market” by Liz Hunt and Glenn Frankel from the Washington Post
“Psychotropic Drugs and Induced Hostility” by A. DiMascio, R.I. Shader and J. Harmatz from Psychosomatics
“Anything for a Quiet Life?: Valium, Librium and Mogadon Once Seemed to Provide the Perfect Answer to Stress. We Now Know How this Group of Drugs Alters the Chemistry of the Brain; No Wonder They Create More Problems Than They Solve” by C. Heather Ashton in New Scientist
BOOK: “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams (Amazon)
BOOK: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson (Amazon)
YOUTUBE: “Don’t Bite the Hook” by Pema Chodron (YouTube Audio)
In today’s intro, I went off-script. I decided to just talk in the opening, instead of script it. I shared my experiences with getting tongue tied and why I do script most of the podcast.
This is where we share questions and comments which were discussed:
CORRECTION: Hendy’s Home Town Last week, I introduced Hendy’s story as if he was from Jarkata, Indonesia. I was wrong, Hendy is actually from Balikpapan, in East Borneo. I corrected this on the air and talked a bit about his actual home town.
COMMENT: Benzo Belly, Candida, and Yeast Over Growth This was a comment from Jenny, in New England. Jenny shared information about yeast overgrowth and candida during benzo withdrawal. She had some good information, and I shared that I would look into it further.
Our spotlight today shined on Benzo Buddies, the largest online discussion board in the benzo community. They can be found at benzobuddies.org.
I shared a story today from Mary in Long Island, New York.
Today’s featured topic: Benzo Bad Guys: Anger, Aggression, Depression, and Obsession
Today’s feature focused on anger and depression. This is part of our 14 -part series on benzo symptom groups. This is the behavioral group from the psychological symptoms category. These symptoms include anger, irritability, aggression, depression, obsession, and suicidal thoughts. I shared some of my own ongoing experiences with these and talked about a few resources which I found useful.
The Benzo Free Podcast provides information, support, and community to those who struggle with the long-term effects of anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium) and Z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata).
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