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Functionality Trends

All data must be read in conjunction with the survey limitations

The graph below shows the average functionality of respondents at each stage in the benzo journey. Before staring benzodiazepines respondents reported that they were able to be involved in about 7 of the listed activities with ease. At the time they decided to withdraw this had fallen to 4 activities and at the worst point in withdrawal this fell again to 2 activities. After that point the number activities that could be completed with ease began to increase. Those who were 36 months off, but still not well, were able to participate in 5 of the activities with ease. Those who had decided to remain on benzodiazepines were able to participate in around six of the activities with ease. This pattern has changed little since 2007.


The graph below shows the percentage of respondents who were unable to participate with ease in a particular activity at some point during the benzo journey. Twenty-one percent of respondents were unable to participate with ease in self care at some point, 59% were unable to socialize or to work with ease during the process. The 2009 results all showed a small increase in the percentage unable to do each activity with ease compared with the 2007 results.

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 21 July 2020