I'm new here and happy to find this group. I was on Lexapro for several years before totally weaning off in January of this year. My problem was as always depression with just mild anxiety. Over the past several months my anxiety has gotten unbearable. I don't like to leave the house because I am afraid I will pickup a germ of some sort. If I get sick I cant take care of my family or go to work. A couple of weeks ago my heart rate was out of control, my chest was hurting and I was dizzy. I could not talk myself down and ended up at the ER. An abnormal ekg got me admitted for a stress test. It was fine. Chest fine. I decided to finally find a primary doctor. Right away he put me on ativan. Only .5mg up to twice a day as needed. I hate the phrase as needed. I feel like I really need it now but feel guilty for taking it be because I worry I will get addicted. I'm not abusing it. I need it. He didn't want to put me on any maintenance drud, zoloft, etc. Just take this when needed.
Any recommendations? Is anyone taking ativan long term?
Sorry for the long post. I just had no where else to turn.