When COVID Meets BIND: How Does Long COVID Affect Benzo Withdrawal?
What happens when COVID meets BIND? What happens when someone in protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal gets long COVID? Does it set off a wave? Does it make their benzo symptoms worse? Tune in for answers and more.
In today’s episode, we explore COVID and benzodiazepine withdrawal (BIND). We also look at endogenous benzodiazepines, hear two benzo stories of success, and visit the launch of our new website and social media feeds. I hope you find it helpful.
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0:03:10 Podcast Anniversary
0:05:52 Endogenous Benzodiazepines
0:07:21 Benzodiazepines in Potatoes
0:09:44 BENZO SPOTLIGHT
0:10:47 About the New Website
0:12:48 Member Community on EA
0:14:55 About Membership Tiers
0:17:21 Our Handle / YouTube
0:19:29 Social Media
0:23:47 BENZO STORIES
0:24:08 Ted’s Story
0:27:08 Judith’s Story
0:30:41 FEATURE: COVID and Benzos
0:34:11 D’s COVID Experience
0:38:57 Jennifer: Could the vaccine be a trigger?
0:40:33 Dan: COVID, Flu, and a Big Wave
0:41:37 Jürg: COVID Setback?
0:45:14 Annette: COVID Constriction
0:46:36 Chuck: A Medical Perspective
0:49:11 Benzos and COVID Immunity
0:50:13 Benzos and COVID Drugs
0:51:12 Benzos and COVID Hospitalization
0:52:11 Long COVID and BIND
0:54:28 Long COVID Digestion Issues
0:56:30 Neurological Effects of COVID
0:58:53 COVID and Dysphagia (Swallowing)
1:00:10 Long COVID Frequency
1:00:53 My Theory / Summation
1:01:58 Finding Hope
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.
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Podcast Episodes on COVID
Anxiety, Benzos, and a Virus. Episode 61. March 17, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/anxiety-benzos-and-a-virus-bfp061.
COVID and Benzos: Immunity, Vaccines, Symptoms. Episode 80. April 28, 2021. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/covid-and-benzos-immunity-vaccines-symptoms-bfp080.
Videos on COVID
10 Anxiety Tips for Dealing with Relationships during COVID. Video #20. September 24, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/10-anxiety-tips-for-dealing-with-relationships-during-covid.
3 Basic Anxiety Tips amid COVID-19. Video #3. April 3, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/3-basic-anxiety-tips-amid-covid-19.
Anxiety and the Loss of Control During COVID-19. Video #5. April 11, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/anxiety-and-the-loss-of-control-during-covid-19.
Anxiety, Overwhelm, COVID & a Trip to Estes Park. Video #18. August 20, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/anxiety-overwhelm-covid-a-trip-to-estes-park-vlog-7.
Anxiety Rising: The Hidden Hardship of COVID-19. Video #10. May 20, 2020. https://www.easinganxiety.com/post/anxiety-rising-the-hidden-hardship-of-covid-19-vlog-1.
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