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January 05, 2008



WOw, you have my sympathies. The few run-ins I have had with insomnia made me feel very off. I have a bad habit of letting my bedtime slip later and later, so I don't feel sleepy until lik 2 or 3 am. A tablet of melatonin usually takes the edge off so I can sleep even when I don't feel sleepy. It is no ambian, but it also isn't addictive. I hope you get it sorted out and have some long, lovely sleep.

Emmie (Better Make It A Double)

Your symptoms sound very similar to mine after my boys were born. I was diagnosed with PTSD too. Every sound would wake me all the way up, and I was constantly hyper-awake. the only way I could sleep is if J took the monitor into the living room and I turned a fan all the way up. That, and Ambien. Things are much better, but I still take Ambien on and off, and I'm so grateful to have that option instead of going through the cycle you describe every few months. You know, as far as drugs go, it's not so bad, except that you need to take a break every few days or it will stop working eventually. It has a very short half-life, so you're not groggy in the morning,and it has few side effects (n one at all for me). PTSD can continue on a long time if the trauma is followed by chronic stress, even ordinary daily stress. My therapist called that situation a recipe for disaster. If you can find something to break that cycle, whether it be therapy, respite or help sleeping, or a reduction in your daily stress level, you will gain some resilience back and your symptoms will get better. Easier said than done, I know, but the Ambien is a good, very logical start. For me, I find that an extended period of solitude also does wonders. I know that this probably isn't possible for you right now, but maybe someday. I hope the Ambien helps. I really, really wish you lived closer so we could swap childcare sometimes and give each other a break. I'd totally trust you with my boys.


When I started to lose my vision everyone seemed to think I was suicidal, because of course death is better than blindness NOT
Crazy doctors.
I don’t know what to say but I hope something works for you and you get some much needed rest and feel awake for a change.

Well, join in with the rest of us. We all feel like we are losing it this winter. It has never been this bad before and trust me, I have been around for a long time! Our disabilities greatly add to the crushing seasonal depression, true, and no one ever get's used to being "not quite like everyone else". But we are still expected to go with the flow, and celebrate every single holiday as tho it might be our last!


The "black dog" showed up in my life a few months ago, after a nearly 4 year absence. I, too, have been told that I have PTSD and I'm not buying it. (Actually our family histories sound pretty similar!) Anyways, it wasn't really debilitating depression this time, but I didn't want it to get there. It was mostly the numbed out feeling. So I started taking St. John's Wort capsules (just the Trader Joe's version, nothing exotic) and damned if it doesn't seem to be working, without the side-effects of SSRIs.


Oh my god, you are funny. That last paragraph is amazing, and how do you do that on no sleep?

I have some PTSD, and my husband does too. We do fine, we have good lives, although we do both take antidepressants. I had a massive attack of insomnia in my twenties, and Ambien really helped. I'd recommend taking a small does to start, because it was pretty strong for me.

It makes sense to me that you'd be hyper vigilant in any case, because you are the only parent home with the kids at night.

I have a funny insomnia story. We just got cable, and I watched about ten minutes of Hannah Montanna with my daughter. It's the show with Billy Ray Cyrus and his real life daughter. I *hated* the show. Then, that night, when I couldn't sleep because I'm 8 months pregnant and uncomfortable, I couldn't get the image of Billy Ray out of my head. It was awful. I almost had to get up and watch infomercials to clear my brain!

I really hope you feel better soon.


OMG! Cheryl,

Billy Ray Cyrus nightmares would have to be worse than any PTSD nightmare I've ever had! : )

I had very weird dreams when pregnant. Dreams I will not mention here! I am thinking of you and hope your pg and birth all go smoothly. It is getting close, isn't it?


First of all, I am sorry that I didn't get in touch when I was out your way. I was really overwhelmed the first week and really busy the second week. We'll be back in August, and I hope we can work it out then.

As for the sleeplessness, ugh. I hope the Ambien helps. I'm like you, though, about hating to take meds.

You articulated something that's been on my mind about therapy that I have not been able to put into words. I have a lot on my plate, and I mostly hold my shit together. I worry that if I go see a therapist, that he or she will want me to do things that aren't realistic for me to do or want to diagnose me with *something*. I'm not ready for the tsk-ing and the jotting of notes.


Hi Lisa,
Yeah the Billy Ray Cyrus thing was bad. I think I'm just sort of amazed that he's still around, and it stuck with in an unconscious state.

I'm due 3/14. I delivered two weeks early last time due to preeclampsia, and I have several risk factors this time, but so far I'm okay. But in theory, I have 9 weeks to go, which seem very short and very long at the same time.



hmm... this is interesting and timely. Someone I know is up in the air but leaning towards a PTSD diagnosis. I am going to go read that link.

I hope you're feeling better soon!

"Twinkle" we can "hear you". We are available to work alongside of you,to satisfy whatever you wish. But first, you must respond to our emails to you. You have to trust us.

'Long time worker with the deaf/blind, etc. etc. Knows the ropes and the turmoil to avoid!


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