Unsteady, Unintelligible, and Unyielding: Head and Neck Symptoms of Benzo Withdrawal
Updated: Mar 23
Dizziness. Migraines. Slurred Speech. Loss of Balance. These are just a few of the benzo withdrawal symptoms which affect the head and neck region of the human body. Learn more and pick up some tips on how to manage them.
In today’s episode, we continue our series on benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms with the physical symptoms of the head and neck. We also hear a success story of detox from high dosages, answer a question about the classes of benzos, and catch up on the news from last week.
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00:00 Introduction 11:45 Mailbag 14:17 Benzo News 17:10 Benzo Story 24:58 Symptoms of the Head and Neck 43:05 Moment of Peace
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BENZO FREE: Basics of Benzos — https://easinganxiety.com/post/basics-of-benzos
BENZO FREE: Types of Benzos — https://easinganxiety.com/post/types-of-benzos
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH: Suicide Lifeline 800-273-8255
PHARMACY TIMES: Study Examines Benzodiazepines with Antipsychotics for Aggression
BENZO FREE PODCAST: Episode #19 – Relationships, Intimacy, and Sex in Benzo Withdrawal
W-BAD: A Rockin’ Creative Outlet That’s Raising Benzodiazepine Awareness
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY: Prevalence and Predictors of Benzodiazepine Monotherapy in Patients With Depression: A National Cross-Sectional Study
FEATURE: Withdrawal Symptoms of the Head and Neck
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In today’s intro, I rambled on a bit about my favorite place, Disneyworld and Disneyland. It was a bit embarrassing but honest. Those of us with anxiety are always seeking out an escape from the incessant craziness of our minds. For me, I could often find the escape in thinking about my favorite place.
What’s the difference: Z-drugs, benzos, sedatives? Which is alprazolam? — I provided some clarification about the different terms and defined the classes of benzos, including benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepines (Z-drugs), and shared a bit of information on both.
We discussed a variety of stories around the benzo community in this section today.
Today’s story was from Max in Colorado.
Today’s featured topic: Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms of the Head and Neck
In our feature today, we continued with our 14-part series on the symptoms of benzo withdrawal by taking a look at the head and neck. We discussed symptoms such as balance issues, dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, neck pain, headaches, migraines, and others. We also discussed a few tips on how to manage these symptoms.
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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