Is this pain part of benzo withdrawal? What about this ache? Or memory loss? Or Confusion? Or Restlessness? It seems incomprehensible that all these symptoms are related to benzo withdrawal. And yet, quite often, that is the reality we face.
In today’s episode of the podcast, we look at our symptoms and investigate how to ease the constant worry about each and every one. We also hear a benzo story from Oklahoma, share a comment about fear and disbelief, and discuss our return to an audio only format. I hope you enjoy it.
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00:00 Introduction 06:07 Mailbag 11:10 Benzo Story 30:16 Feature: Introduction 36:44 Feature: Why So Many Symptoms? 41:20 Feature: Dealing with Symptoms Stress 51:48 Moment of Peace
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PODCAST EPISODE #10: “Insights on Withdrawal: A Conversation with Elizabeth McCarthy” — https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/insights-on-withdrawal-a-conversation-with-elizabeth-mccarthy-bfp010
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