Depression and Insomnia

Should Insomnia be added under Diseases & Conditions?
Yes - 57.1%
No - 42.9%

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 6/26/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone I am new to this subject and still getting the hang of this site. I have suffered from Depression and Anxiety/Panic Disorder for 3 years and I have had trouble with sleep since I was young but it has gotten much worse as the depression and anxiety has gotten worse. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a way for me to request that Insomnia be added as a topic under Dieases and Conditions. I think alot of people suffer from insomnia especially those with depression or anxiety and would find that topic helpful?? I know I would. Any Advice or Suggetions?
I look forward to posting more and gaining new friends and support here.

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
We can bring this up to administration and see what is said. Other than that, that is all that we can do. But the topic will be brought up.

I am glad that you find this site helpful. There are a lot of people with depression who suffer from insomnia. I myself could sleep all the time and have to take meds to keep me awake. I could sleep 24/7 and still not be rested. I have to take a sleeping pill at night to get a more restful sleep. Sounds weird, but that is still considered insomnia, even though I sleep.

Though I am sure that there are others who have the same problem as you. I know that bipolar disorder often suffers insomnia so you might even want to post there. I hope that you have help with sleep.

Good luck, keep posting
hugs, Karen
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/27/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to HealingWell,

I am sorry you are having problems with insomnia and someone can suggest it as an added forum but to be truthful right now we are pretty well maxed out as far as how many topics we have on the board. Of course it is the Administrator's decision and I cannot speak for him. :-)

Insomina can be primary or secondary and you will find throughout the board that many people with all kinds of disorders have insomnia.

I did find a good link for you to read if you would like and it has good information on discussing your insomnia with your physician.

There are lots of suggestions on how to get to sleep but it is often staying asleep that is the root of the problem.

I am so glad you have joined us and please keep posting.



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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 616
   Posted 6/28/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to think that "insomnia" is a condition and not an Illness/Disease. 
I have a pretty bad problem with insomnia, but I suffer from several medical problems that are probably the root cause.  Then there are the medications I take for my medical problems, many of which list "insomnia" as a possible side effect.  The stupid thing is, a medication can list both insomnia and drowsiness/sleepiness as possible side effects.  To me, that's an oxymoron, but that's the nature of the human condition, everybody's physiology works differently.    
I take 200mg of Trazadone to help me go to sleep.  Not working so well.  I usually get 3 to 4 hours of sleep most nights, if I'm lucky.  When I do sleep, a bulldozer could knock down my walls and I'd never wake up.  My Dad can come over to my apartment to drop something off, sit down, watch TV, play with my cats, pretty much anything, and I'm none the wiser.  Usually the only way I can tell that he's been here is that the mail is on the table or a newly filled prescription has been delivered.  That's pretty creepy.  I am able to answer the phone in my sleep and carry on a conversation, but have no recollection of it when I wake up.  That's scary.
I have very vivid nightmares, and if the weather changes overnight, I'll wake up with a migraine.  Even worse, I have a really bad back, and when I wake up, I can barely walk.
So many days I wish I could just lay in bed and sleep, but I just can't.
I hope you can find the root of your problem and catch some zzzzzzzz....
Leigh Ann cool

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