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What's the likelihood I could get psychosis from sleep deprivation? I've had insomnia from depression and haven't slept properly in about two months.

What's the likelihood I could get psychosis from sleep deprivation? I've had insomnia from depression and haven't slept properly in about two months.

Unlikely: Profound sleep deprivation can lead to psychosis with hallucinations, but would require several days without any sleep. However, if you have an underlying manic depression risk, two or three days without sleep could precipitate a manic episode. Otherwise, you will have cognitive impairment from partial sleep deprivation, and risk for falling asleep while driving etc; more fatal than psychosis.

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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No one here thinks that I have sporadic fatal insomnia. I think of this disease everyday. Maybe I'm psychotic. What can I do to ease my mind?

No one here thinks that I have sporadic fatal insomnia. I think of this disease everyday. Maybe I'm psychotic. What can I do to ease my mind?

See Counselor: See a psychologist or psychiatrist. Is there a possibility that you have a rare fatal disease...? Sure, but do you really think one will diagnose something like that without physical exam, good complete history and complete testing? End line- if you that concerned, go see a doctor.

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Can you take anti psychotic medication for insomnia?

Can you take anti psychotic medication for insomnia?

Not a good idea: Sedation is a side effect os some anipsychotics but these are potent drugs with potential serious side effects--there are safer & better meds for sedation.

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My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

Not rare, not best: I'll provide a link to a piece on the most common ; respected: http://www. Uspharmacist. Com/content/d/feature/i/1369/c/26256/ low doses of antipsychotics for insomnia, while common, is not recommended. There is little evidence of benefit and big concern regarding adverse effects especially in elderly. You already take a lot! Try to find a sleep clinic specialist. Best!

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Can one oral dose of a castrating med cause long term changes including insomnia blurred vision lack sex drive muscle loss psychotic behavior?

Can one oral dose of a castrating med cause long term changes including insomnia blurred vision lack sex drive muscle loss psychotic behavior?

Which medication?: Check out http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-treating-hormone-therapy for list of anti-androgens used as daily pills (there are other ways to lower testosterone to treat prostate cancer). Then review each at www. Drugs. Com for side effects. Most of all, discuss your concerns w/treating physician. But in general, one dose shouldn't have long lasting effects.

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I am bipolar have depression ptsd psychosis anxiety n have trouble sleeping. My dr only has me on lexapro (escitalopram). What other meds might help the other proble?

Prazosin, atypical: Your doctor could try an atypical antipsychotic like seroquel or risperdal, and prazosin which may help for ptsd related nightmares and insomnia. Another mood stabilizer such as Depakote or lithium may also be needed for your regimen. I notice your medication list also includes abilify, Cymbalta and geodon (ziprasidone). I wonder how you responded to them.

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What should I do if I have caffeine induced derealization/ depersonalization? And does it cause insomnia?

What should I do if I have caffeine induced derealization/ depersonalization? And does it cause insomnia?

You should: Avoid caffeine. If you are having an episode, get help, professional if necessary. Caffeine metabolizes quickly, so it shouldn't have any long term impact. Make sure to let your doctor know you have this reaction.

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Lunesta (eszopiclone) does not help with my anxiety induced isomnia, I have suffered from insomnia due to anxiety since Childhood And Don't Know What Works best?

Lunesta (eszopiclone) does not help with my anxiety induced isomnia, I have suffered from insomnia due to anxiety since Childhood And Don't Know What Works best?

Here's some help: Anxiety is part of your personality. For this to get better you have to change your mental attitude towards your home & work life and your relationships. Adopt a Attitude of 'wait to worry'...not get anxious unless the problems are real, then handle them one at a time. Rest can wait till tomorrow. Relaxation activities like a daily morning walk and Yoga/meditation can help. Tranquilizers can help.

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I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?

Neuro-reflex: When the stomach becomes full there is a neurological reflex that tries to shut down the body in order to facilitate digestion. This causes a state of severe lethargy (coma?). However the body also stays alert to protect from danger - unable to sleep. You are expressing more of this reflex than normal. Get a thorough medical evaluation. Try frequent small meals with less carbohydrates.

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How long can tobacco cessation induced insomnia last?

How long can tobacco cessation induced insomnia last?

The firset few weeks: Some have no problem some have difficulty sleeping and they manage without help and some need help.

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Can someone tell me how people sleep with simvastatin induced insomnia?

Can someone tell me how people sleep with simvastatin induced insomnia?

Doesn't happen: Simvastatin doesn't cause insomnia, but insomnia is very common. Here's a great reference for treating insomnia: http://www. Ucdenver. Edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/medicine/GIM/education/ContinuingEducation/Documents/insomniaresolved. Pdf

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I'm suffering terminal insomnia. Up at 4 every morning with debilitating panic. I'm not prone to panic. Metaclopramide induced this 3 months ago. Help!?

I'm suffering terminal insomnia. Up at 4 every morning with debilitating panic. I'm not prone to panic. Metaclopramide induced this 3 months ago. Help!?

Not sure it's Reglan (metoclopramide): If you've stopped Reglan (metoclopramide) (metaclopramide) several months ago, this is not likely to be the source of your current anxiety and insomnia. An anxiety disorder is possible, though. Please see your family physician for a check-up. S/he may also want you to see a psychiatrist for thorough evaluation of your concerns. Then a plan to address these can be developed. Good luck to you.

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How to sleep with simvastatin induced insomnia?

Dubious: Simvastatin doesn't cause insomnia but insomnia is very, very common. Check out this wonderful resource: http://www. Ucdenver. Edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/medicine/GIM/education/ContinuingEducation/Documents/insomniaresolved. Pdf

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How do you get rid of insomnia induced from dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)?

For dieting?: Change to another med is one solution. In the meantime use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.

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What is the best over the counter sleep aid for zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg induced insomnia? I also take 40mg of propranolol 2x a day and. 5 clonazepam as needed

What is the best over the counter sleep aid for zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg induced insomnia? I also take 40mg of propranolol 2x a day and. 5 clonazepam as needed

Chat w/ur Family Doc: Discuss your concerns w/your prescribing doc, whether Family Doc or Psychiatrist. You didn't mention why you're taking your med combo but I personally would try to stay away from Clonazepam & other benzodiazepines which can be addictive. Before adding 4th drug to your regimen, have you tried taking Sertraline in morning to see if you can sleep better later? Short of that, ask doc about changing rx

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What's better for anxiety-induced insomnia (mind racing at night) - ssri's or benzodiazepines? Or other? Which class is addicting and least addicting?

What's better for anxiety-induced insomnia (mind racing at night) - ssri's or benzodiazepines? Or other? Which class is addicting and least addicting?

Both can be used: Ssris are used for the long term management of anxiety and panic attacks and the benzodiazepines are used for immediate, short acting relief of insomnia, panic attacks and the general discomfort that anxiety creates. Ssris are not addictive. The benzodiazepines, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, klonopin, valium and others, have potential for addiction. Used in combination with ssris and only as needed, are safe.

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Dr. Brian Writer
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Psychosis (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychoses (Definition)

Psychosis is a condition mostly seen in Schizophrenia and conditions where certain drugs cause psychotic symptoms. Symptoms may include auditory and visual hallucinations and a break with reality. Psychotic symptoms can be managed with medications and usually begin at the age of 20+ but can also be seen earlier or later as in Dementia or ...Read more