That period of withdrawal during which your symptoms are the most pronounced, to the point that they interfere with daily life.
The bloated, distended, sometimes painful pot belly that develops during benzo withdrawal.
Abruptly stopping or too-rapidly tapering your dose of benzodiazepines, as is done in many hospitals and detox centers. Also known as a "CT," or "CTing." This, for a variety of reasons, is a very bad idea.
Depersonalization: (psychology) A state in which the normal sense of personal identity and reality is lost.
Derealization: The feeling that things in one's surroundings are strange, unreal, or somehow altered.
Globus Hystericus (lump in the throat). Globus is the term given to the sensation of a lump in the throat causing difficulty with swallowing when there is no physical cause.
Hypnagogic hallucinations are vivid perceptual experiences occurring at sleep onset while hypnopompic hallucinations are similar experiences but occurring at awakening.
Interdose anxiety is an unreasoning, unreasonable rebound in anxiety that occurs between doses of benzodiazepines, as the first pill is wearing off but before you've taken or felt the effects of the next one.
Resuming benzodiazepine use after an unsuccessful withdrawal in the hopes of stabilizing. This will let you taper anew in the hopes of having a better, more symptom-free outcome. This may or may not be successful.
Experiencing the minimum amount of pain and symptoms possible before you begin cutting again. For some this will mean feeling normal, for most it will mean feeling just OK enough to continue tapering.
A state of chronic, perpetual benzodiazepine withdrawal that is reached once your body builds resistance to a given dose, resulting in a constellation of symptoms (including worsening anxiety) that temporarily improve as soon as you up dose. Once you have become tolerant to one dose, it is likely that you will become tolerant to the new up dose at some stage. This condition is also known as the "tolerance trap."
To increase your daily dose of benzodiazepines in the hopes of stabilizing either prior to starting a taper or during a taper if you have tapered too quickly and need to stabilize before re-tapering at a slower rate. This may or may not be effective.
Discrete periods during which you feel normal or well again. As you progress further in your healing, these get longer, more profound, and more consistent, until you finally feel like yourself again.
The period which occurs after you have had a window, where all or some o the symptoms come back again.
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Last updated 23 May 2013