Little did I know in 2007, when I filled the first prescription for Ativan my husband's physician handed me to help cope with witnessing my brilliant Yalie husband's long decline into dementia, that I was entering a cesspool of side-effects that has taken me seven years from which to recover.
Through these seven years, I waded a wealth of information that never made it into the hands of the prescribing physicians I consulted to figure out what in the hell had happened to my brain–as opposed to my 'mind' which was the consensus of all those doctors who kept telling me I was still "grieving…depressed…" needed more psycho-active concoctions…etc. and so forth.
It is only in the last couple of years that the truth about the long-term use of benzodiazepines–as well as anti-depressents–is creeping out from beneath the 'rug' where it as been covered up for decades.
And now we have the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, giving us some powerful information.
"Have you ever been prescribed benzos? (benzodiazepines) These include: diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), nitrazepam (Mogodon), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) or alprazolam (Xanax). Have you tried to stop, or reduce, them? If you have, the Royal College of Psychiatrists would like to hear about your experiences. Our short survey only takes about 10 minutes to fill in and will be completely confidential."