FG, I’m agreeing strongly with your idea that your doctor didn’t have a clue. I was under pressure from a primary doctor, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a therapist to add a benzo to what I was already taking. My family’s strong history of alcohol over-use (on both sides of the family!) and some inner “feeling” that I should avoid it at all costs…..plus a stubborn streak a mile wide, allowed me to resist their claims of “you need this” and “no problem”. In searching for a better way to approach my difficulties, I found the world of Functional Medicine. Despite the psychiatric nurse practitioner’s directions to the contrary, I did a three month taper from an SSRI with nutritional support and direction from a Functional Medicine practitioner. J. Doe, thanks for educating all of us and Happy Thanksgiving.