In view of some of the remarks on here about the taking of drugs perhaps it may be opportune to make some comments from my own experience and that of the people I counselled. Drugs are usually for short term use only, but an extended period may be needed in some cases. Only your GP can tell you this. To say all drugs are 'poison' or will affect you in an undesirable way long term if taken short term is not true. Diazepam, for instance, are prescribed short term. Doctors know this and act accordingly. To say the Diazepam should not be taken at all is cruel and could deny patients much needed relief. For the layman to interfere in a doctors advice is dangerous. In extreme forms of mental illness drugs are the only solution to patients harming themselves. What alternatives are suggested by the anti drug lobby? The snake pit? Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!! Of course drugs can harm you. So can the abuse of chocolate, alcohol, coffee, tobacco or a thousand other things. My advice is simple. If your GP puts you on drugs then he/she must think it necessary AT THE TIME. If taken and prescribed sensibly then go along with them. If you no longer feel the need, then tell your GP you would like to come off them. Try other therapies as well but use the drugs as you would a crutch. If taking them long term worries you talk about it to a qualified person but NEVER let anyone other than your GP tell you to stop taking them. I can understand why some GP's get frustrated when told that "My friend said they will do me harm!". For goodness sake, moderation in all things. jonathan.