In Whitaker's words:
"Benzodiazepines are very effective in alleviating anxiety for a couple weeks but if you go down the road you find that people who stay on benzodiazepines end up much more anxious than, say, a placebo group. ... You get the opposite of what you think you're going to get."Why does this happen? He says, "the brain is trying to compensate for the drugs' presence."
There's a word he used, a word Dr. Gottlieb uses, a word that repeatedly crops up in psychiatric literature .... resilience. The risk in medicating a normal range of human emotion is that it thwarts development of resilience - the ability to bounce back and cope with what life presents.