Our expert says:
Medication can be helpful when it is specifically focussed at relieving a specific and properly diagnosed condition, not as a way to escape from reality. Yes, it is not wise to suddenly stop taking any sedative drug such as sleeping pills or tranquillizers, but your shrink ought to be able to guide you as to how to come off them safely, or whoever has been prescribing them apparently without considering their risks. CBT would help you to deal with your problems ; long-term therapy is usually not needed, and usually proposed by people who can't do CBT. Have you checked with the Anxiety/Depression support group for other CBT therapists potentially within reach ? Your last CBT therap;ist should, before leaving, have helped you find someone able to continue the therapy. Try seeing a psychiatrist for re-assessment of alternative medication which might help control the anxiety at the same time as planning a safe withdrawal from the sedatives which do NOT ever help relieve a depression
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