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First of all, benzos and SSRI's are both "addictive", except benzos don't have all the other nasty side effects that SSRI's do. The way its been explained to me is that benzos create dependence, not true addiction. The difference being that with addiction, you need more and more and more....Dependence means you simply need it to function. A lot of people have a problem with this, but a diabetic can't function without insulin, we all can't function with food, water, etc. I really think that the media has unfairly villified these drugs over time, when in fact they have some clear advantages over SSRI's.

A few years back when Xanax launched its XR formulation and the SSRI's were getting a lot of negative press, doctors were switching back to the more traditional approach. I, myself, have been on both, and have weaned off both....I found it was easier cutting down on the benzos. I believe the bigger problem is the manner in which many people taper down the drugs. So many of us feel like we have to go off of the drug NOW, and that can create a myriad of issues...seizure, depression, worse anxiety, etc.

I've been to some docs that swear by SSRI's and others that won't touch them with a 10 foot pole. I think this is why they say that "finding help is 90% of the battle with anxiety." It can really be difficult to buy into a program, when there are so many different attitudes and approaches....something that us anxious people don't need! :-)

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