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  1. I was taking prozac for depression, .5mg klonopin daily for GAD, and lithium orotate for suicidal thoughts. I take rozerem at night for non24 sleep phase disorder. The prozac stopped working and so my pdoc switched me to lexapro but it made me exhausted all the time- i basically would sleep, wake up, eat a little, go back to sleep... after two weeks she’s switching me over to effexor instead. I am starting at the lowest dose, but I’m not sure when to take it- is this going to be a morning pill? right now i take the lithium and rozerem at bedtime, and was taking prozac, klonopin and then the lexapro in the morning. I switched to taking the lexapro at night when i relized how exhausted it was making me. still, i slept all day and night. so effexor- i’ve read enough to know it’s an snri, and it’s a bitch to climb back off of. and it can take up to a month to work? is there anything else about this combo i should know, or does anyone have experience with these meds together? i’m diagnosed with depression with psychotic features (since the 90s), general anxiety (past five years), non24 SPD, and chronic suicidal ideation. I know the non24 is the weird one, but I’ve found ways to set up my life/work schedule to manage it- i’m not sleep deprived. any thoughts would be great, i’m a relative newcomer to being medicated- i’ve only had access to a pdoc regularly dor the last three or four years, before that it was just urgent care or ER, random doctors trying to treat me.
  2. Yesterday, I self injured in my sleep. This happened once before, and I am scared of this happening again. I'm taking my meds as prescribed, but I'm wondering if this is a sort of sleep walking, and if there is anything I can take to prevent it. I suffer from anxiety and post traumatic stress and past physical abuse issues. Any advice is appreciated.
  3. So, my friends and family keep mentioning I sleep too much. I nap, A lot. I'll nap and want another nap, i'll sleep in, wake up and then nap like two hours later at times. Etc. Other b.s. I've always thought it was just a lot of my depression problems, since depressed people can sleep a lot. I feel fatigued frequently, usually I know if I wanna go to bed I need to read something. It'll put me to sleep. if I'm slightly drowsy, only though. It's hard for me to concentrate at times, and i've had really bad nightmares that seemed so real that I've woken up in the middle of the night crying/screaming. I took the symptom screener on morethantired from the commercials, and my scores were 5 and 16. This is where I'm confused, on the 16 score it said something about high negative scores? Or something like that? Has anyone else taken it or know what it means? Because 16 isn't negative, but my results said I should see a sleep specialist. I need to know what to do. i'll have to find one that takes Medicaid, there's only one where I live. The others are in the DFW area - not shocking but I can get Medicaid transport to take me or something like they said they could if i'm out of town for an appt. What are your experiences with Narcolepsy? Can you explain for me? I just need to know if I should get tested or not, I don't wanna waste the appt. and Medicaid's time if it's nothing. But people worry that i'm napping from like 3-5 and then 7-9 at night. I sleep MORE than eight hours, I wake up the days my boyfriend works arounf 2ish to make him breakfast and pack his lunch for work. The days he doesn't work, we sleep. Needless to say my schedule is inconsistent. I felt a little better with the structured sleep schedule, sleeping at 9 waking up at 6-7 am. But I'm a night owl, I don't like going out during the day as I don't much like people and their stupid tendency to do things or at least the ones around me. I do my grocery shopping at night, because someone is almost ALWAYS running into me. And I get paid at night sometimes, or my boyfriend does. It's just preferred. Unless it's a store only open certain hours, unlike Walmart. The sunlight kind of pisses me off, and gives me headaches. I'm suppose to wear glasses because I've got an Astigmatism but lost two pairs two years ago, and need to go back and get more and a new test. I like the dark, and doing things in it. So, I rather not be up during the day unless I've got to be. I won't leave me house earlier than 5pm MAYBE,
  4. So I may have narcolepsy on top of my mood disorder, which is great fun. The two are interacting right now to make me a depressed mess. And I always get depressed in the spring/summer anyway. The meds for narcolepsy do nothing for me. But at least most of them don't make me manic, right? I feel that my life is a failure and I am inherently unlovable. Mood disorder along with a sleep disorder? What a mess I am.
  5. I'm new, obviously. My issue is sleep disorder - moderate night sleep disorder, pathological daytime sleepiness. Yay. I'm 37, a mom of 2, happily married. I have a history of depression, just came off my meds a few weeks ago and I seem to be doing ok. I'm not saying it's easy, but I think that I was stuck in a mind fog and wasn't actually dealing with anything, that and the low sex drive (yes, it was a huge concern) made me think that coming off the meds would be best. So far I am not relapsing, just trying to refocus, or maybe just focus. The sleep disorder is my main concern. I am always tired. I have insomnia at night, so I take sleeping pills. I cannot stay awake during the day, so I take dexedrine. I was on modafinil, but it didn't help. I have a mouth device for overnight, I am advancing it as quickly as I can handle, I hope it starts to work soon. I do have a few good doctors that I am working with, they are listening to me and and not giving me any bullshit. I actually cried while at the sleep clinic, I was so afraid they'd send me away and tell me to deal with it. Luckily, they see the problem, and they are looking for a solution. I just want to be sure that I am not "crazy", or that it's all in my head. I worry that I will go back to sleeping all day, I've let myself nap a few times this week and I don't want to get back in that pattern. I know my situation is not life threatening, but no one seems to understand that it is difficult to cope with everyday life when I just can't shake the tiredness off. Anyway - that's me. I do like to give advice where I feel like I can be useful. I'm not a doctor, but I excel at the most mundane things that most people don't even think about. I'm not easily offended, and I have a tendency to be a bit sarcastic and jokey. Please don't be offended by me, I usually don't mean any harm by what I say. I am also very positive, so please don't yell at me when I encourage someone. Roll your eyes if you want, I can't see you anyway.
  6. I have some good days where I do stay awake, even though I'm absolutely exhausted. Most of the days, though, I can't. I really can't and it hurts because I disappoint myself, and also my girlfriend. I feel this overwhelming feeling of sleepiness, like I do at night, and I need to close my eyes. It's been going on since I was younger, and then I actually made the conscious choice to nap. Now, I never want to. Sometimes I say, "I'll just close my eyes," and I'll wake up half an hour later. Other times, when I get that feeling, I get up, I run around, I shower, and yet I still fall asleep. My pdoc thinks it's sleep apnea, my GP thinks it's somnolence. Ever since I can remember, I've been doing this. Like I said, it's just in the past I've made the choice to get 12 hours of sleep and then take a nap to help relieve whatever these symptoms are. Right now, I'm even feeling really really fucking tired and I involuntarily fell asleep a little while ago. I get enough sleep at night, 6-8 hours. I always do get enough sleep. It's just.. this is really fucking with my life. I feel like I'm not getting anything accomplished. I hate myself because of this. :C I was hoping that maybe somebody can offer some advice. I'm seeing a sleep specialist sometime soon, I just have to get their call back.
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