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A 44-year-old male asked about a 39-year-old female:

If one is not in any physical pain, but has trouble sleeping, takes valium and then sleeps much better, is this unequivocally a mental health issue?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It depends on: what the cause of insomnia is. There can be physical or emotional causes for insomnia.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
There can be other: Reasons for sleep disturbances, including physiological causes, not just psychological ones. Since it is not advise able to use sleep aids for extended periods, after 2-3 wks you may want to get a sleep evaluation. Talk to your physician. If it is physical you should know why it is happening if its psychological talk to a psychologist.

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