Hi I know there are lots of threads on here discussing clonazepam (which I understand is called Klonopin outside the UK) but I'm too brain fogged to go through all the endless threads. So I'm hoping someone can help me here. I have been taking clonazepam since February last year. So 19 months. I started taking it after becoming a patient of Dr Myhill. I told her about my problems with sleep - I had a delayed sleep pattern (usually didn't sleep til 4am - 7am) and sometimes didn't sleep at all - as well as my problems with being wired/agitated/over sensitised to everything, esp noise and the presence of people. She recommended clonazepam to help me sleep and to help calm down 'wired' issues as she had read some of Dr Cheney’s work and his recommendation to put 'wired' patients on this drug. She recommended I take 2mg at night, with 2mg melatonin. To bring my sleeping pattern forward, she suggested I take them at 9pm every night and make sure I'm in bed at that time ready for sleep. However, I was scared to go to bed that early. I didn't think I would sleep and I'd heard of ME patients having relapses and stuff if they tried to change their sleeping patterns too quickly. So I decided to go to bed a little earlier each night. At first I had good results. The clonazepam and melatonin made me sleep a good 8-10 hours, and I slept a little earlier each night. I also noticed my 'wired' symptoms start to reduce. But then I started to develop a tolerance to them. I still slept 8-10 hrs a night but I didn't feel like I could bring my sleeping pattern forward anymore as I didn't feel much of an effect when I took them. So Dr Myhill recommended I doubled the dose. I was reluctant and so instead of taking 4mg clonazepam and 2mg melatonin like she suggested, I took 3mg clonzepam and 4mg melatonin. It helped for a little while but then I became tolerant again. However, I have noticed that my 'wired' issues have continued to reduce (but this could be a result of me generally following her protocol; not just a result of the drug), and I still sleep 8 - 10 hrs. However, I still have a delayed sleep pattern. The drug temporarily bought my sleeping pattern forward a bit, but then it went back to being delayed again when I stopped noticing an immediate effect. Even when I dissolved them under my tongue, like she suggested, to get a more immediate effect from them. So it's 19 months later and I am still on them. I have talked to Dr Myhill a few times about coming off them but she has said she doesn't want me to come off them until I have fixed my delayed sleeping pattern. But it's been ages and I still haven't fixed it, and I don't see it being fixed anytime soon. So I've felt mixed about whether I should stay on clonazepam or not. I do think they still may be helping with my 'wired' problems as these problems reduce more and more everyday. And I don't suffer insomnia anymore. In fact, I sleep a lot. I sleep at least 8 hrs a night, and then am usually tired when I get up and quickly go back to bed and usually sleep another 1-3 hours. But at the same time I've read that the longer you are on these pills, the harder it is to come off them, which scares me. And I wonder if they are contributing to my daytime sleepiness and brain fog. But even more worryingly, I started wondering today if they were actually making me depressed. I have felt more and more unstable emotionally over the last few months. I have become less motivated. I have generally noticed a difference in my mental/emotional state. I have started wondering over previous months if I am suffering depression. But I haven't known why I was depressed. I mean, I have been ill for a long time, my life has been difficult for a long time, but I have not felt quite like this before. Esp the lack of motivation - that's really unlike me. And I started to consider, that it could be the clonazepam causing it. I researched it a little on the internet and I did read that long term usage of this drug (and any other benzo) could cause depression, as well as other issues I have. So I guess I just want some opinions. I feel confused. Dr Myhill says it's very important to fix my sleeping pattern, and that I won't be able to do this once I start coming off clonazepam. I have to do it before I come off. But, I worry that the drug is making me depressed. And that, in a way, may be contributing to why I'm finding it so hard to get myself to bed earlier. I live in a sort of unmotivated fog. I tell myself I should go to bed earlier, but I don't do it. I just don't have it in me. I've had a delayed sleeping pattern for nearly a decade. I just don't feel like I can fix it. I just don't know what to think. Could they be making me depressed? Would I be better coming off them? Or should I stay on them and find a way of trying harder to fix my sleeping pattern? And has anyone got any experience/tips on how to come off this drug? I get that you have to do it gradually. But don't really know any specifics.