If you are well enough to be following the news, you know that Sony scrubbed the release of the movie The Interview. That had Twitter lighting up like a Christmas tree. Now George Clooney has a story circulating about a petition he and his agent Bryan Lourd circulated among top people in film, TV, records and other areas to garner support.
I find it interesting how one main story can generate other stories that grab headline attention.
Well, we have a story. Benzodiazepines cause brain damage. It was documented 30 years ago. And of course there are our stories: lives disrupted, lived ruined and lives ended because of a medication we were prescribed to take.
I can’t understand how there are millions of us around the world suffering from some degree of benzo damage, yet Twitter isn’t lighting up like a Christmas tree about it. Perhaps it is because many of us feel ashamed that we were taking an anti-anxiety drug. Perhaps we are ashamed that we (through no fault of our own) became physically dependant on them. Some of us are ashamed of the symptoms we must endure as our brains heal from the damage: the psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, anxiety, terror, fatigue and the inability to function as normal human beings. Not to mention the enduring bone and muscle pain that keeps many of us sidelined.
I wish we had George Clooney’s public relations firm handling our story. I wish that some big media company would expose the dangers of benzos so that doctors would be informed to stop prescribing them for more than a few days, and that people would be educated to not take them.
I wish the benzo story was finally told and that everyone was aware of the dangers in taking them, and understood the heroic effort it takes for some of us to reclaim our brains and our lives from the damage they do.