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Has anyone suffered headaches and depression from PAWS?  Even though, I have been free of benzos for over a year and feeling much better, I have been having headaches, panic attacks and moments of depression. I was on Xanax, 1 mg for 20 years and Klonopin, 1 mg for 8 months.  Some days, I wonder how much longer this will go on. Has anyone else been on benzos for 20 years?
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Hello Sailfree19

 

I think most people on PAWS do suffer from depression (to different extents) otherwise we would all be full of hope and happy.

 

My depression symptoms have worsened around month 6 and reduced around month 8; I have experienced very brief windows over the past 4 weeks where I felt positive and hopeful. It's hard to put in words, but it felt like a veil had been lifted off my face if that makes sense...?

 

Note that I am also tapering off amitriptyline and I suspect it doesn't help my benzo PAWS symptoms, including depression.

 

I tell myself it will eventually go away. I don't know when but it will. Some benzo survivors suffered from severe depression for 3 years and then, out of the blue, the depression went... so be patient. Read success stories.

 

SG

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Has anyone suffered headaches and depression from PAWS?  Even though, I have been free of benzos for over a year and feeling much better, I have been having headaches, panic attacks and moments of depression. I was on Xanax, 1 mg for 20 years and Klonopin, 1 mg for 8 months.  Some days, I wonder how much longer this will go on. Has anyone else been on benzos for 20 years?

 

I am a 20yrs benzo user as prescribed. First 12 yrs on 1mg Xanax and last 8yrs on 1mg Klonopin. No other drugs or alcohol or any other supplements. I am now almost 7 mons off and feel like few things got better and few worse. Now my worse symptoms are  constant fear and DR/DP. I feel unreal or not connected to world or reality and it feels like just living a life for what ...Did you had these type of feelings.

you think with passage of time you improved?

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Hello, I've been on Benzos for over 30 years, now I'm 13 months without Benzos. The first 10 months were hell, CT but it's getting better. I still have waves, but they're getting shorter. Windows only came after a year, sleep got better. My brain is burned. I was depressed, even thinking of suicide. BB helped me a lot, when I feel worse I watch BenzoBuddies. Over time, some symptoms disappeared and new ones kept coming. Go on, only that is the way. I am 65 years old and everyone who has been or is in the Benzo Hell knows how difficult it is to hold out. You don't know what tomorrow will be like. : thumbsup: Don't take supplements that don't help. Only do things that you know are good for you :). Many greetings and hope you feel better soon.
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