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Depression

Question
Posted by: Help | 2018/08/17

Q.

Anti-depressants

I have been taking .5mg of klonopin- generic for about 2 years now. I take them sporadically- meaning, sometimes I take 2 or 3 in a single day or sometimes I don't take any at all because I obsessively worry that I'll have brain damage. On top of that 200mg of Zoloft and I smoke marijuana and take CBD tablets for pain. I'm worried, as I expressed and I'd like to know what the chances are of my memory failing me if i keep taking them for another year. It is to be noted that I have suffered multiple life traumas and in the past year have had some difficulty fighting depression and life changes.

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2018/08/18

Hello H,
Klonopin is a trade-name for the benzodiaepine sedative traquillizer Clonazepam,  similar to Xanax ( Alprazolam ).  These days, expert opinion would recommend that we don't take any of these drugs for more than a couple of months, as there's a risk of developing dependency on these drugs, and they can disturb memory.  We tend to use drugs also used for depression, like Zoloft or one of its many alternatives, rather.  But the Klonapin family do NOT, fortunately, cause brain damage. Also, its very important not to stop these, or antidepressants, suddenly or abruptly.  Stopping should be planned with the advice of your doctor, with gradual reductions of the doses.
You mention CBD, which is a wiser way to try the more medically useful components of marijuana,  without the THC component which is often unhelpful for tired brains.  I hope you're cautious about using alcohol, which worsens depression and reduces the benefits of antidepressants, and worsen their side effects ( and those of the Klonopin family )
You don't mention the variety of chronic pain you suffer from, but I hope you have the advice of proper pain specialists or a pain clinic, for a proper diagnosis and a comprehensive plan for managing it.
The problems related to trauma are best dealt with in counselling with a counsellor experienced with trauma problems, and CBT style counselling can be really effective in enabling you to deal with deprssion, anxiety and pain.

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