Re: Can xanax cause depression?
I think Resolution hit the nail on the head. It surely was my experience with long term use of Xanax. I was already dealing with depression and the Xanax taotally led me into real clinical depression and my bed.
Also, taking them "on and off" can be disastrous. That can put you in a constant state of withdrawal. Getting off Xanax is best done in a very long, slow taper. Never cut more than 5% at a time and do not make another cut until you feel leveled out again. For me, that was usually two weeks, a few times almost three weeks. The goal is to always make progress. Speed should never be a consideration.
Gotta drag yourself outta that bed, Friend. I know how hard that can be, but staying there just deepens the depression while moving about helps decrease it. Take it in baby steps... stand on the back porch for a few minutes. SIt in the window where the sun can shine on you. Do mindless tasks like sanding or sweeping. These things all help.