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It is often a vicious cycle… worrying and anxiety keep you awake at night …your lack of sleep increases your anxiety during the day. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential in fighting anxiety but the constant worrying has you lying awake in your bed. Or maybe you climb into bed and quickly fall asleep, only to be awake and hour or two later, unable to fall back asleep. You know you have to sleep and yet you can’t turn off the constant stream of thoughts, even when you are completely exhausted.
Insomnia and waking during the night are common complaints of those with anxiety. The following are some tips and ideas to help you get a good night’s sleep. Try different methods and strategies to learn what works best for you.
Keep to a schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, even on the weekends. Experiment with different bedtimes and wake up times to find your natural sleep cycle.
Prozac had been around for about 6 years when I was prescribed it in 1994. From one of the deepest depressions I ever had, it raised me into mild hypomania that lasted fully for a year, then waned over the next two years. I also gained 30 pounds in the first two years I took it, going from an underweight 115 (I was 5'10" and looked good between 125 and 135 pounds) to a beginning-to-be-unattractive 147.
After that, the effect waned fast, and by 1999, just 5 years later, it wasn't working at all. That's when I went to a psychiatrist for the first time and was diagnosed with bipolar II.
I still miss that mild hypomania. It had almost no negative symptoms and it was about the best I ever felt in my life. But many others tell me Prozac - now available in the cheaper generic fluoxetine - wasn't so good for them. Here's some of what people told me:
I didn't like Prozac. It would make me extremely manic.
It didn't agree with me.
It made me numb. Now emotions what so ever. Didn'...
Question: Ledouix wrote... I have a few questions about the drug prozac. I would like to know long term side affects to a person who has taken it for ten years. What affects on a liver that has been laserated almost in half and repaired. This happened almost at the same time my friend started prozac. I do not understand the changes that have occured in the past few months in this person. I feel that things in health has caused a breakup in what was a great realationship. She wont tell me what is going on in her life and has become very mean to me. This makes me wonder if she is trying to protect me from something bad that might be going to happen. Any help to let me know that meds and a damaged liver could cause a terminal problem could help me to understand why the sudden change in her to not want me to be around. I feel that she is protecting me and keeping me away because of her love for me and the way I love her and dose not want me to see her go through this....
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