I've been prescribed Ativan for severe anxiety and panic attacks. I hate it. I understand you are supposed to feel sedated, but my dose is .5 to 1mg. .5 does absolutely nothing and 1mg does help my heart calm a bit towards the end but nothing fantastic. And then for the following 2 hours i feel like a blank slate. Not sedated, just blank. I hate that. Is this the way they are supposed to be? I have done a little research and i think i would do better on something like diazepam...or similar. How do i ask my doctor to change my med, without sounding like a weirdo . I'm new at all this...thank you for any help or advice!