I have severe anxiety. Can't make it out of the house if it starts to get bad. I went to talk to a RN practitioner yesterday at the psychiatric center. I am taking Paxil and I had read some of the really bad stuff about Paxil. She told me that people should never, ever try to just quit taking Paxil. That there is a very prescribed way to reduce the dose safely. So if you are taking Paxil (or other SSRI) call you doctor and let them help you reduce your dose. She also said that Xanax is being given out like candy by GPs and that is the drug that is really the dangerous one. I take .25 milligrams a day for sleep aid and she said that low of a dose isn't a problem. But you should never just stop taking the drug - you could end up having siezures. And it is not the safest drug in that family - Klonopin is better because it has a longer life in your system. But none of those drugs should be be used for very long. Just thought I'd let you know to be cautious. But people like me have no life without help from drugs. So the main thing, I guess, is to learn as much as you can so that you can use them wisely and safely.