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'...
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...
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