I know they can be addictive for some, but just based on the research I've done, it seems like benzos like Xanax, klonopin, or ativan might have less side effects than the ssri's? I am a young guy, kind of in my prime, and I suffer from anxiety when going to job interviews, social situations, or a big-time shopping trip. I'm not depressed, and when I'm on my own time, my anxiety is usually manageable although it is always present. Basically I feel I know my body really well, and I feel I need something with a pretty short half-life that I could take the morning of a stressful day, to get me through it, while not lingering in my body and messing up my sleep cycle. I have also heard horror stories of the ssri's ruining guys' sex lives. I certainly don't want that! So I am thinking, provided that I could keep the dosage low and manage it, maybe the benzos would be a better fit for me than the ssri's? Hope someone can give me some insight, thanks! And btw, this is such an amazing, informative forum, I have learned so much here!