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reinstated about 3 weeks ago. stabilized and want to taper from .25mg(thats where i was before i tried to get off clonazepam and am currently).  My Dr. wants me to see a psychiatrist. i just want off the clonazpam.  Could a psychiatrist help with my withdrawl.  i'm have my doubts but my wife thinks it would help.  Any insight from u guys?  thanks
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Thats a tricky one to answer because its the luck of the draw on what psychiatrist you end up seeing. I know I have personally been to three, one of which I have been seeing for quite some time before I was on Klonopin and none of them were encouraging at all but at the same time there have been people who have found a psychiatrist who have helped them alot.

 

I see in your signature line that you were on 1mg of K and tapered down and were off and now you jumped back on. How long were you on 1mg and how were you taking that, at night, morning, split doses and why did you reinstate to .25? Why does your doc want you to see a psych for? Sorry for all the questions, just trying to get a little better handle on your situation to help give better advice.

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I don't see any reason why you would need a psychiatrist unless it was one who would help you taper...but you can do that from home.  A psychiatrist is just going to try to put you on some sort of med.
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I don't see any reason why you would need a psychiatrist unless it was one who would help you taper...but you can do that from home.  A psychiatrist is just going to try to put you on some sort of med.

 

I agree ... has certainly been my experience ... they can't write an Rx fast enough.

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This is anecdotal, but that has been my experience recently, so I'm with Whoopsie and L123 on this one.

 

howie, I was seeing my GP about tapering before I found this site and he was trying to taper me .25mg at a time (he's nice but doesn't know about tapering). So I called around looking for a specialist, because I'd like to c/o to Valium. I got a psychiatrist (who seems to be a nice guy too), but I've seen him twice and both times it cost $300 for 15 minutes for him to try to write me scripts for something else, plus taper me fast too. My opinion is to try to work with your GP. I don't know why your GP and wife want you to see a Pdoc? For talk therapy? Mostly the only reason people used to see them is for talk therapy and it doesn't look like they do that anymore.

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2 out of 3 pdoctors told me I could never stop taking Atavin...The 3 doctor said great.Switched me to klonopin..But I was really on my own...The only true help I got was from reading other peoples post.My doctor just kept trying to help me by handing out scripts,Which I threw in the trash...Sorry about the spelling im only 28hrs off my benzo,my brain feels crazy....
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Try not to think of the past , but move forward .. with your thoughts and your recovery.

Look forward to the day you see your old self again... or a new self.  I have and its wonderful  and getting better each day.

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My psychiatrist has been useless, though supportive, she doesn't really do anything. It's $200 for a 10 to 15 minute session where I tell her I'm feeling like poop, she pats me on the back and tells me to hang in there and that this is a long and difficult process, writes me a script for whatever I ask for, and I leave. No talk therapy other than that quick pat on the back, she doesn't even try to throw me more meds which is good, but even a supportive psychiatrist doesn't seem to be able to do anything to be helpful. They don't seem to do talk therapy anymore, you'd have to see a psychologist. I'm sure there are exceptions.

 

I'm grateful I had her rather than some horror story doctors I have heard described on these forums, but I wouldn't go and see her for any reason other than for her to write me another prescription.

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i had many years of exp w/ psychiatrists.  back in the day they would talk to you; now they just write scripts.  my one even told me they do not even train them now in therapy - just pharmacology.  even the ones that did talk were not great at therapy.  i think doctors say that for liability reasons.  psychiatrists like "medication management." they write scripts.  my close friend has had as much dep as I and never took meds and she is doing better than i.  i wish i had never started anti dep.  one shrink told me our brain gets used to them and i adopted that mind set.  hope it is not true because i am tapering off wellbutrin now. depression is hard but i believe in healing now.  get a lot of hope from BB's.  i wish you every happiness.  we can do this.  we are doing this
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