Our expert says:
Status is indeed a serious condition, but uncommon, especially in people under treatment for their epilepsy ; and if I understand you that you have not had a fit for years, I have absolutely never heard of anyone going into status in that situation. I don't know what sort of shrinks you have seen, but Ativan is never a long-term solution to anything, and especially not to panic attacks, which respond best to Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ( CBT ) and perhaps some antidepressants ( though of course one would want to avoid any that might slightly increase the tendency towards having a fit. I think you should seek CBT to deal with this excessive and unpleasant feat of status which is vanishingly unlikely, and generally to cope better with your quiescent epilepsy, and your high levels fo anxiety. You can get your life back, where it belongs !
Just don't stop the Ativan abruptly, suddenly, as that can lead to increased anxiety for some days, and could even spark off a fit which otherwise you wouldn't have. But it is not a good drug to remain on long-term, so ask your shrink for advice on planning the smoothest way to come off it gradually.
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