Friday, January 15, 2021

Comments by Mary Bryant

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  • p.s. I was a bit distracted when I sent my response last time… I’ll be benzo free for 4 years this coming January. Much closer to 4 years than 3 at this point! 3 years was a big turning point in my recovery, too. Finally started feeling well enough to stand up for myself in all aspects of my life.

  • Hi Matt,

    This is a great piece… so important for folks to hear. I’ve been off benzos for 3 years now and all of the subsequent meds I was put on after a psychotic break in acute withdrawal from them for about a year. Your experience sounds very similar to mine. The setbacks do come up quickly and unexpectedly. I take such good care of ourselves because I really have no choice, so when the symptoms from such a dark time emerge again, it’s very frustrating–arrgh and blergh!

    Stress is the enemy, so I do everything I can to combat it. But that can get wearing at times, too. I’ve been having a few old symptoms over the past couple of days due to some very good stressors in my work and education and having to put my 18 year old cat to sleep a month ago. It seems to be those times where things get compounded–and not always just hard stuff, but high emotions–that are the hardest. I’ve had a few months with no symptoms at all and lots of peaceful, gratifying experiences of being alive and feeling like myself.

    So, I’m trying to look at the resurgence of symptoms as normal within my healing and am rearranging my life accordingly to take care of myself like I would if I had a cold. Getting to a place where I can normalize everything the psychiatric system told me to be afraid of has been one of my biggest assets in healing. Plus, I know this will pass because I’ve lived through so much worse. Thank you so much for this article, it came at just the right time… keep up the good fight! I will over here, too!

    Best wishes to you,
    Mary