Christy Huff, M.D.
Christy Huff, MD, FACC is a board-certified cardiologist who resides in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended medical school at the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. Her cardiology training was completed at U.T. Southwestern in 2008, with a focus in advanced cardiovascular imaging and noninvasive cardiology. She was in private practice as a cardiologist in Fort Worth from 2008-2011. Following the birth of her child, she made the decision to become a stay at home mom.
Dr. Huff is currently experiencing benzodiazepine withdrawal firsthand after she was prescribed Xanax for insomnia related to a major health crisis in 2015. After developing concerning symptoms and receiving no answers from her primary care doctor and a prominent neurologist, she began to research benzodiazepines and discovered her symptoms were consistent with benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. With the help of a local psychiatrist, she is slowly tapering off benzodiazepines using Valium. Christy’s personal experience has led her to realize the dangers of these drugs and the severity of the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, neither of which were emphasized during her medical training. She is an advocate of better education of physicans regarding the dangers of benzodiazepines and how to safely taper patients off these drugs, and stronger regulation of the prescribing of benzodiazepines.
Since the advent of the internet and rise of social media, patients can connect and compare their experiences with prescribed drug withdrawal. A problem that was once considered rare is a worldwide epidemic that is finally getting noticed. A recent New York Times...read more
“Alice Woods” is dying of metastatic breast cancer, but she cares little for awareness efforts like pink ribbons and catchy hashtags like #stage4needsmore. You see, Alice has akathisia due to an adverse effect from discontinuing Klonopin — a condition that has caused...read more
As physicians, we are experts at prescribing medications. However, we often fail miserably when it comes to recognizing adverse reactions and tapering medications. It’s something that is simply lacking in our medical training. I have become a victim of this with...read more
The third annual World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day (W-BAD) will occur on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. This is my second year being involved as both as a physician and patient who was injured by benzodiazepines. Unlike more readily identifiable awareness campaigns, such...read more
Christine Anne Narloch passed away on June 16, 2017 at the age of 48 after a long struggle with benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome that ended in suicide. Her husband, Mike, describes her as “an intelligent woman who loved life. She was a joyful and happy person with...read more
1983 New York Study Shows Diazepam (Valium) No Better Than Placebo For Treatment of “Neurotic” Anxiety
Arthur Shapiro and colleagues published a randomized, double-blinded study in the 1983 Journal of Psychiatric Research entitled Diazepam: how much better than placebo? assessing the effectiveness of diazepam versus placebo and weekly psychotherapy in the treatment of...read more
Dear Chairs and Members of the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I am a 40 year old cardiologist from the state of Texas, and I have been harmed by benzodiazepines. I...read more
An Update To My Open Letter: The Suffering of a Physician with Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome and a Call to Fight
In October 2016, I wrote an open letter detailing my withdrawal and the dangers of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Many have asked how I am doing since that time. I’m going to be completely open and honest in this update. Things have been extremely rough. I have...read more
An Open Letter: Cardiologist and Cancer Survivor Speaks Out on Dangers of Benzodiazepines, and Her Personal Withdrawal Story
October 13, 2016 To Whom It May Concern: I am a 40 year old cardiologist from the state of Texas, and I have been harmed by benzodiazepines. I was prescribed Xanax 0.5 mg three times daily as needed by my primary care physician during a health crisis in August 2015...read more