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I have pretty severe social anxiety, and have tried everything to cope with it. Exercise, diet, a lot of natural herbs like valerian root and passion flower, but in the end nothing has helped too much. I went to a dr. over a year ago, he referred me to a psychologist who I regularly see once a month, and a psychiatrist, also seen once a month. From everything I've read on the internet, benzos like xanax and klonopin really help people with social anxiety. Right now I hardly ever leave the house, except to go to work.

So, my psychiatrist right now refuses to prescribe benzos to me, no matter what the circumstance. I was on Prozac for about a year, and now have been on Lexapro for 10 days. I don't know if the Lexapro will help me more, I'm not too optimistic. It really irks me that a lot of people talk about benzos helping them, and me not being able to have it. I know of it's addiction potential, and I know for a fact I would only take this drug 2-3 times a week. I saw another psychiatrist recently, and I got the same results: no benzo for me. I've never been addicted to anything; do these psychiatrist's know something I don't? The only thing I can figure is that I'm only 21 years old, and they think I would be selling them on the street. If I never leave the house, I probably wouldn't be selling them...

I feel like I've wasted a ton of money and time this past year on drugs and dr's who haven't helped me. I've been thinking of switching dr's, but am afraid I'm going to see the same results.

To those of you who take benzos; were they prescribed by a general Dr., or a psychiatrist? And did they show any trepidation when prescribing them to you? Thanks all for reading, I can definitely empathize with a lot of what you are going through.





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