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A 24-year-old female asked:

i don't have a primary care dr. what kind of dr would write an excuse for me to take less classes this term? insomnia but not seeking treatment

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Excuse: Try your pcp first, to help u find the cause & assess your health status.
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Need an evaluation : Rather than seeking an excuse, seek an explanation and solution to your insomnia. Is this new? Does it get worse when you are anxious? Are you careful about diet? Do you exercise? Are you feeling sad or depressed? Are you using drugs/medications or alcohol? Do you have a good social support network? Are you stressed about money/work/bills? Have you had a thorough physical lately?

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What are the common causes of insomnia?

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Are there any east Asian therapies for insomnia?

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Are there natural meds that I can take to help with insomnia?

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Dr. Michio Abe
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See your doctor: I recommend consulting your doctor before starting any natural remedies as insomnia can be a symptom of another condition, such as depression, anxiety or sleep apnea. You should go to bed at the same time every night, get some sunlight and exercise during the day, and minimize your intake of caffeine, stimulants and alcohol. Taking magnesium, calcium, zinc, melatonin, or valerian may help.

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