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Tolerance and withdrawal symptoms

    It´s very important to know that you DON`T need to have all the withdrawal symptoms (or tolerance symptoms during using). Definitely you DON`T get all at the same time. Still it´s important to KNOW that it IS withdrawal symptoms if they show up.

    List of symptoms according to KILEN

    Changes in perception

    Derealisation - a sense of unreality
    Depersonalization - insecurity about one's identity, one cannot recognize oneself in the mirror and so on.
    Tinnitus - ringing ears, buzzing,
    Déjà vu's - appear occasionally due to dreams, and sometimes as strong, sudden experiences in the middle of the day.
    Uncomfortableness in the face and around the mouth - a sense of loss of control over face muscles, sometimes appearing as unwanted faces. The cramps spread occasionally to the whole body.
    Formications - A sense of that insects crawl on the body.
    Disturbances of sight of different kinds - may turn out as if one believes one is becoming blind.
    Tensed head, neck, shoulders. A marked, sometimes hard back ache may be experienced while one is eating pills, and during abstinence. This pain might disappear when abstinence period is over, and should sometimes in the same pace as one lightens dose of pills.
    Difficulties of co-ordination - slurred speach, stammering, the mixing up of words when speaking.
    "A thousand needles" - the same experience as when the capability to feel- returns to the body part which fell a sleep.
    Shiverings / Heating experiences
    Fatigue - a feel of exhaustion
    Tension-Headache The feeling of that one has a piece of string around the head, a constant pressure on the top of the head.
    Numbness, abatement
    A sense of instability - the ground moves below one's feet, one walks in the air, a common and very disturbing experience which may last for a long period o time.
    Illusions and hallucinations
    Paranoia - "people are looking at me, talking about me". This is also common for those who have eaten pills during a few years without a lowered dose during that time.

    Changes in emotions

    Phobias - appear to many without a lowered dose, but goes away during abstinence.
    Fear, anguish, indignation, panic. Observe that anguish often appears as a direct consequence of these pills which are used to decrease the feelings of anguish.
    Resignation - "what is the point of quitting?
    Melancholic triad (?) - an abnormal state of depression, guilt, feelings of hopelessness.
    Suicidal behaviour - everything ranging from suicidal thoughts should be taken seriously
    Fear of, or a feeling of, that someone is becoming mentally ill.
    Lack of confidence
    Irritation, bursts of fury
    Quick mood swings
    Lack of control of impulses
    Lack of sense of humour
    Contact seeking, difficult to get rid of in social situations
    Demanding, whining
    Morbid thoughts - thoughts about tearing down and breaking things, killing

    Bodily and vegetative symptoms

    Difficulties to sleep - difficult to fall a sleep, an irregular pattern of sleep
    Loss of appetite
    Weight loss
    Feelings of sickness and vomiting
    A taste of metal in the mouth
    Stomach cramps
    Periods of diarrhoea and periods of constipation
    Difficulties to breathe
    Uneven inhalation
    Dry coughs
    Uneven pulse
    Blood pressure changes, upwards and downwards
    A feeling of swallowness, sometimes very swollen hands, feet and face.
    Soar tongue
    Difficulties to swallow
    Tremor (?) - shaking body parts, may go on for months
    Hair loss
    Cracks in lips and in the corner of the mouth
    Sexual desire - usually reduced, but sometimes intensified
    Changes in menstrual pattern
    Incontinence - alternatively difficulties to urinate
    Swollen vulva
    Increased secretion in the vagina

    Changes in the will and cognitive ability

    Deterioration of the memory, the short-term memory is most affected.
    Paralexi (?) - the mixing up of words in the texts
    Difficulties to concentrate
    Problem with speed and precision in work
    Loss of ability to take initiatives.
    Difficulties to make plans or decisions
    Difficulties to learn - it is not unusual that things learnt during the time period when one ate benzodiazepines will be lost and have to be relearned

    Drug related behaviour

    A subjective need for drugs - " the body cries out for pills"
    A secret, continued drug use, if necessary with help of lies and fraud
    Stock of pills
    Frauds, theft, falsified recepies to get pills
    The searching of replacement drugs - alcohol, pain killers, codeine etc.

    Social changes

    Social isolation
    Loss of contact with others
    Loss of financial judgement

    The power acting the strongest for one to continue using pills, regardless of what consequences it has, is FEAR. It is not dangerous to be afraid, but it can be paralyzing, especially when one don’t have the courage to even admit to oneself what one is afraid of.

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