Our expert says:
A scond opinion is usually a good idea, as it may shed light on an aspect of the situation which both you and your shrink may be overlooking. I would also explore whether CBT style therapy could be combined with the medication, as it much more directly addresses the problems of unhelpful habits of thought. You mention having done "some" but I'm not clear on how thoroughly this was integrated into your treatment plan.
On Maria's point, Alzam and Xanor contain precisely the same drug. Zanor SR is a slow-release preparation of alprazolam, and may possibly be easier to stop , but this is not certain. As a Benzo it can produce tolerance, meaning that one needs an increasing dose to produce the same effect, which can be part of the way one becomes addicted to it.
Lavender's routine wories me - many people get addicted to Alcohol, or Syndol ( which contains a tranquillizing agent ) and similar products, when self-medicating. Alcohol increases depression, ALWAYS, and reduces the effects of ADs ; dagga is not good for the brain, especially in complex situations with difficulties in some modes of thinking. Physial exercise is relaxing and cheering for many people.
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