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Benzo Brain: Cognitive Symptoms in Withdrawal

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

Benzo Brain. Fuzzy Brain. Cog Fog. Memory loss and cognitive dysfunction are common in benzo withdrawal and these symptoms can linger for a long time. Why does this happen? What do the studies say? And what steps can one take to improve things?

In today’s episode, we dive into the confusing world of cognitive dysfunction. We also hear a story from Connecticut, share a comment about isolation, answer a question about single-use benzos for medical treatment, and chat a bit about caregivers. I hope you enjoy it.

Video ID: BFP073


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00:00 Theme 00:57 INTRODUCTION 07:25 MAILBAG: Intro 08:10 Comment: Isolation 10:17 Question: Single Use Benzos 15:15 BENZO STORY: Ed from Connecticut 26:03 FEATURE: Benzo Brain 49:38 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.


  • Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016.

FEATURE: Benzo Brain

  • Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016.

  • Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018.

  • Frances, Allen. “Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You.” Pro Talk: A Community, June 10, 2016. Accessed October 13, 2016.

  • Gorenstein, C., M. A. Bernik and S. Pompéia. “Differential Acute Psychomotor and Cognitive Effects of Diazepam on Long-Term Benzodiazepine Users.” International Clinical Psychopharmacology 9(3)(1994):145-53. Accessed March 6, 2017. doi:10.1097/00004850-199409000-00002.

  • Tata, P.R., J. Rollings, M. Collins, A. Pickering and R. R. Jacobson. “Lack of Cognitive Recovery Following Withdrawal from Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use.” Psychological Medicine 24(1)(February 1994):203-13. Accessed April 15, 2018. doi:10.1017/S0033291700026969.


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