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.
The recent report that Prozac may slow the development of brain lesions is the sort of news that maybe shouldn't be reported at all. It's so preliminary that it's of value almost exclusively to researchers. It appears to invite people with MS to consider taking Prozac to slow the disease. It shouldn't.
Three things you need to know:
1. The Dutch study was very small: 19 people with MS taking Prozac, 19 taking a placebo. Researchers used MRIs every four weeks to monitor development of brain inflammation. At eight weeks fewer new lesions appeared in patients taking Prozac; the difference was sustained for 24 weeks.
2. There was no difference in symptoms or exacerbations related to the two treatments during the tests. But side effects did show themselves: People taking Prozac had more drowsiness and nausea than those who took the placebo.
3. The bottom line here is that there is enough evidence to justify moving ahead with further studies of Prozac (and simila...
Alternative Names GAD; Anxiety disorder Treatment The goal of treatment is to help you function well during day-to-day life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications are the mainstays of treatment. Medications are an important part of treatment. Once you start them, do not suddenly stop without talking with your health care provider. Medications that may be used include: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are usually the first choice in medications. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are another choice. Other antidepressants and some antiseizure drugs may be used for severe cases. Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), and lorazepam (Ativan) may be used if antidepressants don't help enough with symptoms. Long-term dependence on these drugs is a concern. Short-term memory problems may also develop with long-term use. A medication called buspirone may also be used. Cognitive-behavioral therapies should be used together with dr...
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