Educating about the potential adverse effects of benzodiazepines taken as prescribed.
While it might initially seem that these communities and video blogs are simply artifacts of the internet culture, a closer look at the stories told on these forums suggests a different message. The message is that physicians have been unprepared for these withdrawal disorders and are unable to treat or even guide patients through complicated withdrawal from these substances.Josef Witt-Doerring, MBBS, Daryl Shorter, MD, Thomas Kosten, MD
Issues surrounding patient information and patient-centred care when prescribing benzodiazepines emerged as a common theme in many submissions from withdrawal charities and support groups. This reflected concerns that patients are not adequately informed of the harms and risks associated with benzodiazepines, and that patient consent to begin a course of benzodiazepines, based on an understanding of these harms/risks, often is not gained.
On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Cassandra ended her life at age 45 after a year and a half long battle with an as prescribed benzodiazepine injury. She left behind two notes, both can be accessed on her website, and one is printed below. Headers were added...read more
It’s complicated. Actually, it’s quite confusing. But most of all and importantly, it’s mischaracterized. Benzodiazepine-related problems are often categorized as “addiction,” when in fact, for the vast majority of those who have difficulties, that diagnosis simply...read more
[Spoiler alert: This essay reveals details about the plot of the movie 127 Hours] My name is Nicole and I am a physician assistant. I haven’t practiced since 2010 because of a protracted disability resulting from severe neurological insult. More specifically, I was...read more