Benzodiazepines and Rebound Anxiety
Rebound anxiety is the result of consistent sedation from benzodiazepines. It is more common in short to intermediate acting meds like Xanax and Ativan but also occurs in patients taking Klonopin, a long-acting benzodiazepine. Research has proven time and time again that benzodiazepines worsen anxiety when taken daily for more than a month. Commonly people experience diminished effects from benzodiazepines leading to increased tolerance. As people take more medication to decrease anxiety, natural defenses, and coping for anxiety are degraded. Ultimately avoidance of anxiety makes people more vulnerable to distress. While providers prescribing these medications are often intending to alleviate symptoms, long-term patients are set up for failure. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and alternative psychotropic medications are the most effective treatment for anxiety. Relief is slower with these treatments but the benefits and change is more lasting and less harmful.
Panic, Panic Attacks, Increased Anxiety, Benzodiazepine Withdrawals