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how come i can't fall asleep at night?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Need to see doctor: There can be many reasons for insomnia -- just a few possibilities being great anxiety, agitated depression, use of speed-like drugs, use of alcohol, hypomania and primary insomnia. There are others as well. Best to see your primary care physician for evaluation and help. Or if you're already working with a psychiatrist, you could see him or her.

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