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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry And Sleep (Overview)

Psychiatry and sleep is a topic that relates to the reasons that sleep is good for one's mental state, and looks at the effects of inadequate sleep. Sleep allows the brain to rest, and helps with memory and learning. A lack of sleep causes memory loss, poor mental performance, and possibly symptoms like irritability, depressed mood, oppositional behavior, etc...


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I feel like i was completely healthy before i started all my psychiatric meds. Now i feel weak, unable to sleep without medication, depressed, angrywhy?

I feel like i was completely healthy before i started all my psychiatric meds. Now i feel weak, unable to sleep without medication, depressed, angrywhy?

Contradictory: If you felt "completely healthy, " what led you to seek out someone who started prescribing medications for you--and why did you take them? The symptoms you describe could be side effects of mediciations or indications of a psychiatric disorder or both. Find someone you can trust and with whom you can develop a solid relationship so you can ask these questions and get specific answers. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 doctors shared insights

Psychiatry And Sleep (Overview)

Psychiatry and sleep is a topic that relates to the reasons that sleep is good for one's mental state, and looks at the effects of inadequate sleep. Sleep allows the brain to rest, and helps with memory and learning. A lack of sleep causes memory loss, poor mental performance, and possibly symptoms like irritability, depressed mood, oppositional behavior, etc...


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Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. why?

Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. why?

Complicated: This is a very complicated neurotransmitter. To give an example, there are over thirty different types of receptors -- meaning that it can do over thirty types of things. Then again, each personal is his own complex mix of variations on this. But I should tell you that SSRI's don't "increase" serotonin, they regulate it. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Avoid sleeping with lights and TV on: it prevents deeper sleep. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
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Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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I haven't been able to sleep for two days. Is it something psychiatric and why?

I haven't been able to sleep for two days. Is it something psychiatric and why?

Insomnia: Acute insomnia can be stress related and sooner treated the better. Chronic insomnia usually defined as insomnia greater than 3 months, is predictive of psychiatric condition in about 50 % of insomniacs, chronic insomnia is also a risk factor possibly for suicide with co-morbid mood conditions. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
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Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive sleepy
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If i stop all my psychiatric meds except for one to sleep, cold turkey can that be the cause of my jumpieness ?

If i stop all my psychiatric meds except for one to sleep, cold turkey can that be the cause of my  jumpieness ?

Yes: It depends on what medicines you stopped cold turkey. Cymbalta (duloxetine) and zoloft may cause withdrawal symptoms including dizziness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, insomnia and "electric shock" shock like sensations throughout the body. It is best to be tapered off these medications in a regimen prescribed by your physician. ...Read more

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If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

Immediately?: It's very hard to answer your question, because i don't know what drugs we're talking about, how long you've taken them, or what conditions you're dealing with. All these issues are important and could affect sleep quality. Also some medications are unsafe to stop suddenly, and must be tapered. I see Clonazepam on your medication list, and this one should definitely not be stopped suddenly. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and ...Read more