Personality changes. Loss of ability. Loss of confidence. Loss of self. These are common in benzo withdrawal and BIND, and yet we rarely talk about them. What does this look like? What are its causes? And most of all, what can we do about it?
In today’s episode, we explore the loss of self during benzo withdrawal. We also respond to a question on tinnitus, share a comment on the benefits of nature, and hear a benzo story from New Zealand.
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01:28 Back from Vacation
03:36 Benzo Work Updates
04:57 Still Have Some Symptoms
07:00 Today’s Format
08:17 Benzos and Tinnitus
12:58 Nature and Connection
15:39 BENZO STORY
16:29 Eta’s Mum’s Story / New Zealand
22:04 Medical Communication Failures
26:59 BIND Refresher
27:43 Our Lives Have Changed
28:29 Benzo Life Effects Data
30:41 Loss of Confidence
35:00 Humility vs. Egoism
35:54 Symptoms that Affect Confidence
38:23 What Can We Do?
38:42 Making Use of the Extra Time
40:35 Finding Acceptance
42:59 Six Tips for Improving Self-Esteem
47:22 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.
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— Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. https://easinganxiety.com/ashton.
— Finlayson, AJ Reid, Macoubrie J, Huff C, Foster DE, Martin PR. Experiences with benzodiazepine use, tapering, and discontinuation: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2022;12. doi:10.1177/20451253221082386. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20451253221082386.
— Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, CO: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://www.benzofree.org/book.
— Huff C, Finlayson AJR, Foster DE, Martin PR. Enduring neurological sequelae of benzodiazepine use: an Internet survey. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology. 2023;13. doi:10.1177/20451253221145561. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20451253221145561.
— Ravenscraft, Eric. “Practical Ways to Improve Your Confidence (and Why You Should).” New York Times. June 3, 2019. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/smarter-living/how-to-improve-self-confidence.html.
— Tinnitus. Mayo Clinic Patient Care & Health Information. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156. — “Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Low Self-Esteem.” Ditch the Label. September 26, 2022. Accessed May 11, 2023. https://www.ditchthelabel.org/overcoming-low-self-esteem/.
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