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'...
Generic Name: FLUOXETINE ENTERIC-COATED - ORAL Pronounced: (flew-OX-eh-teen) Prozac Weekly Oral Uses
This long-acting form of fluoxetine is used to treat
depression in people who have been successfully treated with the form of
fluoxetine that is taken daily. Fluoxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake
SSRIs work by helping to restore the balance of certain
natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin).
Fluoxetine may decrease anxiety, improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy
level and may help restore your interest in daily living.
How To Use Prozac Weekly Oral
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist
before you start using fluoxetine and each time you get a refill. If you have
any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor,
usually once a week with or without food. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not
crush or che...
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