I did not get an e-mail, and am not sure what I might be worried about
. I don't like Gould because he doesn't take his role there seriously. If he can't provide a thoughtful response, he shouldn't be doing it. There was a time when you had to pay to post in that forum, and not only did he not take his responses seriously, he often left them unanswered for days and days and days. I can remember a week and a half going by without him answering the questions.
RCA is a great guy who is extremely intelligent and well-read on the subject, but he's not a doctor. He's trained as an electronics engineer. I was trained as a political scientist. No matter, Clonazepam/Klonopin CAN cause depression, but it's not likely to: http://www.drugs.com/pro/clonazepam.html Seven percent of people in the clinical trials reported depression. To what degree? The numbers don't say. We know that one percent of the control reported depression and seven percent of the people taking the real stuff experienced it. So it's clear it can cause it, but the numbers don't say how intense the depression is...just that 7 in 100 patients reported it. It's something to look out for, without a doubt. But I don't think a doctor would prescribe it if he didn't think the benefits outweighed the potential risk of the side effects.
Clonazepam will cause physical and psychological withdrawal when stopped too abruptly. If you've been taking a steady dose for more than a week, you should probably taper just to be safe. The more you take and the longer you take it, the more slowly you'll have to go. I personally know several people who've withdrawn from benzodiazepines with little difficulty. I assume they're the silent majority. The ones who have had difficulty will naturally talk about
it on the internet, and the more trouble they had the more vocal they will be. If you follow a tapering regimen you'll probably be okay, and there's no use worrying about
it at this point.
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