Am I an insomniac because of depression OR do I have depression because I'm an insomniac?

Jessi - posted on 06/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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ADD runs in my family, I have a very mild case. Family problems lead to severe insomnia at the age of 9 which I have had ever since even though the issues diminished. At 17 I was sexually assaulted by a family friend making the insomnia more severe than before. And the last 3 guys I have been with to include my son's father have all cheated on me. After the most recent ex the depression has become considerably more noticeable.

Has anyone dealt with this and have advice? I have already set up an appointment to speak with my LPN about it.

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Jessi - posted on 06/23/2011

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Thank you.

Put it this way, I have had racing thoughts to the point where I had literally been awake for an entire month. I began hallucinating after two weeks, that was after the assault. My normal awake periods are usually a couple days to a week.

I have spoken with a psychologist while I was in the army, that only got me discharged which wasn't what I wanted. They also prescribed me sleeping medication which only worked for two weeks.

I have tried everything from prescription sleep medications and over the counter sleep aids to home remedies like warm milk and hot apple cider to hot showers and going to bed early.

With the depression worsening I began thinking that maybe I'm treating the wrong problem. I'm hoping that if we can get the depression controlled I can "hit two birds with one stone".

Katherine - posted on 06/23/2011

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I have been in your situation. I too am somewhat of an insomniac. Do you get racing thoughts? I mean to the point where you can't sleep? Because I did. I was put on and anti-depressant for it.

Also you probably have PTSD. I'm pretty damn sure I do. I think it's a good idea to make an appointment. You may need therapy too.

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