Hello Mr. XXXXXXX
Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
Your symptoms such as increased anxiety
, headache, hypersensitivity
to light/sound, fogginess, etc. are indeed indicative of benzodiazepine
withdrawal. Often, especially when the duration of use has been very long, there can be protracted withdrawal states, which may last even for a few weeks together.
Given the long duration of previous use (15 years), this is a normally expected reaction. So, don't worry much about this, and with a little more time, your symptoms should gradually subside. I would suggest that you try the following simple measures to deal with your symptoms:
- Practice relaxation techniques
like XXXXXXX breathing, listening to relaxing music, etc.
- Ensure that you get 7 - 8 hours of continuous sleep everyday.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle - with adequate physical exercise and a nutritious and balanced diet. This not only keeps your body healthy, but also helps your mind stay relaxed.
- Avoid stress
as much as possible. Don't take too much which you can't handle. Take one step at a time. Postpone any major decisions. When you feel overwhelmed by any stress, tell yourself that this is just a passing phase and that you just have to 'stay afloat', till this bad phase passes away.
- Avoid alcohol, smoking
and caffeine as they all can cause worsening of anxiety.
Wish you all the best.
- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar