For the past several months I've been having anxiety attacks that have increased in severity with each episode. About 2 weeks ago it became so bad that I was hospitalized, observed, and ultimately given Ativan (and a few other things) to calm me down. I don't like to take any prescriptions but sometimes there just comes a time when you have to suck it up and take a pill. Within an hour of taking 1mg of Ativan my symptoms were greatly reduced. I felt completely drunk and stoned the entire day, but the horrible panic attack symptoms stopped for the most part and I feel much better. I've been taking .5mg twice a day since then and have improved a little more each day. I still feel slightly stoned and groggy but I'm getting used to it. My doctor explained that Ativan works differently from Zanax and is less addicting so that makes me feel better, although I am a bit concerned about becoming addicted to the Ativan. But, for now, it's keeping my anxiety at bay whilst I deal with the source(s) of my anxiety via other means (diet, exercise, hypnosis, yoga).