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  1. According to the papers proposing the term BIND, it does not specifically refer to protracted withdrawal or any withdrawal symptoms, but to benzo effects in general. Or have I missed something?

    I don’t think calling protracted benzo withdrawal BIND will add to clarifying understanding of protracted withdrawal, and the term BIND for benzo withdrawal, protracted or otherwise, suggests it’s a different beast than any other psychotropic withdrawal, thus clouding understanding of the general problem of psychotropic withdrawal.

    For example, adoption of BIND for benzo withdrawal syndrome could beg creation of other acronyms, e.g. AIND, SIND, PIND, and OIND for, respectively, antidepressant, stimulant, marijuana, and opiate withdrawal syndromes.

    This to my mind would be a setback for the general field of withdrawalogy.

    Induced Neurological Dysfunction (IND) is an appropriate way to described the effect of psychotropics, which by definition change neurological functioning. Some of those changes are deemed beneficial by the medical establishment. The deleterious ones, such as withdrawal syndromes, need better recognition.

  2. Re your study on benzodiazepines:

    We should all transition away from old terminology and use BIND. This looks like a potentially important project and it should be delayed if necessary to revise it to define BIND and refer to BIND rather than to PAWS all the way through.

    I heard about the project on the Facebook page for BIC, the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition.

    Joshua Ireland

    This in regard to:
    Exploring The Role Of Pre-Benzo Trauma In Long-Term Post-Benzo Injury Symptoms Of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    1. I sent an email to the study author Jacob Ressler about the possibility substituting BIND for PAWS. He replied that he agrees with the need for consistent terminology and would reference BIND in any publications resulting from this study, but that for the purposes of the study PAWS is at the present is the more established term. He’ll look into whether it’s possible to add a footnote to the study mentioning the new term BIND.