Quote from pinkiepieRN
I would love to argue with you, but you've got an interesting perspective there. I have anxiety myself and have taken prescription anxiolytics before. *I* don't think they effected me like that but YMMV.
In addition to above:
I live with severe allergies and therefore have to be more careful than most people around me in terms of what I touch, what I eat, where I am, etc. I do not have clinical level of anxiety per se but I have to pay attention to things ALL. THE. TIME. When I have to take meds which dull this kind of "hyperalertness", I became a bit sloppy, to the extent that my family noticed it. I never took anxiolytics per se, but Benadryl works the same for some reason.
I remeber very clearly how once I was almost directly exposed to my worst allergen by a careless kitchen aide while in hospital. I got 1 mg or so of Versed before that to facilitate extubation but apparently was alert enough to follow all commands and breath completely on my own. In any other time, I would immediately ask to get that thing out of where it can touch my skin or something which I can touch later on. There, I just so clearly remember that huge cookie sitting right near and me thinking along the lines "oh, please... oh, I JUST DO NOT CARE, I will call someone... later on I will..."
The nurse who entered right after that almost fainted when she saw it all, and I was thinking why all that fuss ever happens when I was STAT wheeled from the room and continued to swim in bliss while the room was violently washed and decontaminated.