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Stronger benzo than Xanax?

I've looked all over and I don't know what to do. My social anxiety is so severe that even Xanax doesn't really help. Perhaps my issues are more deep-seated and need to be worked out through therapy, but even on 4mg of Xanax, I still feel very anxious. Obviously, I FEEL it, but it doesn't take away the anxiety. And since my tolerance is kinda low, I'm slightly impaired, but STILL anxious.
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I know of Clonazepam. I'm currently prescribed 60 Xanax (1mg) and 60 Clonazepam (1mg). It doesn't help much either.

Can you tell me anything about Ativan? I've heard it's great for Social Anxiety, but if Xanax or Clonazepam don't help much, do you think a weaker benzodiazepine could make a difference, just by the way it works? Also, I'd like to stay off of SSRIs, but I am open to other alternatives other than Benzodiazepines.
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Benzos doesnt treat SA. You are only winning a for life addiction in that way.
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Benzos doesnt treat SA. You are only winning a for life addiction in that way.
Well, recommend, rather than condemn. And yes, at this point, most benzos are just escapism for depression and anxiety, rather than actual treatment. If you know of a non-SSRI/SNRI treatment, let me know. Thanks.
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Mirtazapine, Bupropion, Addy, Etc. Benzos are addictive, depressant (in the long term) substances, use with care.
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Mirtazapine, Bupropion, Addy, Etc. Benzos are addictive, depressant (in the long term) substances, use with care.
Addy as in Adderall? I have considered that an option, but I'm afraid my psychiatrist will think I'm digging for drugs and blacklist me. She may come in and talk to him about, because from my recrational experiences it DOES greatly increase motivation, but imo, it's just as bad as Xanax, if not worse for the neurotoxicity. I'll ask my Psychiatrist about Mirtazapine net time I see him as well. Thank you.
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Does your doctor know about how much you are taking?

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Does your doctor know about how much you are taking?
I kind of lie and pretend like I take less than I do, mostly because of my anxiety and fear of being black-listed. So...if I brought up a tolerance issue, it may help.
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I understand being the fear of him/her taking the pescription away from you. But you should be honest as much as you can, now, as much as you possibly can, seriously. I am very concerned for you for the amount you are taking. Also did your doc not suggest therapy for you first??

You are going down a road of which recovery is very very difficult.

How often are you taking xanax? An average week whats the dosage for you?

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I understand being the fear of him/her taking the pescription away from you. But you should be honest as much as you can, now, as much as you possibly can, seriously. I am very concerned for you for the amount you are taking. Also did your doc not suggest therapy for you first??

You are going down a road of which recovery is very very difficult.

How often are you taking xanax? An average week whats the dosage for you?
First of all, I appreciate your concern. i usually burn though my Xanax within a week or two, out of boredom...or addiction. But only because it doesn't help me socially. I am starting therapy, but I'm not sure how much it will help. I've had my first appointment and it went all right, but I feel as if I'm just wasting my mother's money and I won't make any real progress. Feel me?
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You need to understand that benzo aren't a permanent solution. You should check out a CBT therapist specialized in social anxiety.
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You need to understand that benzo aren't a permanent solution. You should check out a CBT therapist specialized in social anxiety.
That's what I'm currently doing. I'm giving it a shot, but I'm afraid it won't work due to my amotivational nihilistic standpoint. Like I said, though, I'm giving it a shot.
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^i think thats hat therapy tries to curb, is the nihilistic, depressed mindset..

just gobbling benzos alone for the rest of your life isnt going to work..if i did that i would be a shell of a person a few years down the road as benzos make me very lethargic, apathetic, and eventually depressed...

some people swear by them though..i would love to see an accurate statistic on how many folks that are prescribed benzos can use them only as recommended and NOT every single day!
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^i think thats hat therapy tries to curb, is the nihilistic, depressed mindset..

just gobbling benzos alone for the rest of your life isnt going to work..if i did that i would be a shell of a person a few years down the road as benzos make me very lethargic, apathetic, and eventually depressed...

some people swear by them though..i would love to see an accurate statistic on how many folks that are prescribed benzos can use them only as recommended and NOT every single day!
Well, hopefully, it'll work. I just worry that my disdain for this world is external rather than internal. Y'know with all the injustice and unnecessary suffering. Something drugs or therapy can't cure. But like I said, I'm giving it a shot. I'd love to not be constantly depressed and/or bored.
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as for Benzo's , Clonazepam woked best for me. and it's less addictive than xanax(alprazolam) because it has a longer half life.

benzo's should be used with caution, from personal experience they don't get u addicted if ur not taking them on daily basis. i take em only when i need em
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You need to understand that benzo aren't a permanent solution. You should check out a CBT therapist specialized in social anxiety.

+1 these pills are not to be used as a way of life - it's HELL coming off them for most people.

CBT and BioFeedback plus eating right are the skills

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