Quick Questions About Anxiety, Insomnia, Benzos, and Withdrawal
Updated: May 22
Have a quick question about benzo withdrawal? About the symptoms? About the duration of recovery? About anxiety, insomnia, or anything else which is keeping you awake at night? Listen in on our conversation and you just might learn something.
In today’s episode, we provide a rapid-fire style format where we explore some common questions about benzos, withdrawal, and other related issues. We also have a story from the United Kingdom, explore our barriers to emotion, and touch on one of the more sensitive topics in withdrawal, suicide.
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00:57 Introduction 12:02 Benzo Story 15:51 Feature 43:42 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.
Easing Anxiety Suicide Prevention Resources — https://easinganxiety.com/resources
Itzkoff, David. Robin. New York: Macmillan Audio, 2018.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BB62KSZ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_jqWBDb9P1DN1W.
FEATURE: Quick Questions About Anxiety, Insomnia, Benzos, and Withdrawal
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Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
IMS Health. Vector One: National (VONA) and Total Patient Tracker (TPT) Database (2013). Extracted April 2014. Quoted in CCHR International. “Total Number of People Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the United States.” Accessed April 3, 2018. https://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/people-taking-psychiatric-drugs/.
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Sommers, Jack, “Masculinity Audit into Causes of Suicide Reveals Men Suffer Depression in a Way Even Doctors Could Miss,” Huffington Post UK, November 17, 2016, accessed April 26, 2018, https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/mens-mental-health-building-modern-men_uk_58206805e4b0c2e24ab022fb.
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