Hi, my son has debilitating anxiety and has struggled to the point of having to withdraw from school etc. he had a bout of severe depression years ago with the the severe anxiety (social) at the root. He had never taken any hoey acting meds like xanax until recently his doctor prescribed for him. He has to take 2-3 mg a day just to function as "normal" and live life. It allows him to be himself but he doesn't want to be on this medicine. It's like being in between a rock and a hard place with this medicine. He has had CBT and years of therapy that has not touched it. Has anyone had severe anxiety that prevents them from living a normal life etc? He is actually running and foing to a gym to exercise everyday on this medicine of which he would have NEVER ever done before. Do people take this kind of medicine at that dose long term for this horrible condition. And by the way...my heart goes out to all of you living with any mental health condition. Our family understands it all too well and we pray for anyone living with or through it. We would really appreciate any help from those with this level of debilitation or anyone on long term benzo use. Any recommendations for psychiatrists with a real understanding of this and how to treat in the state of Colorado. He is there now in school and we are out of state. Thank you!