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insomnia/agrophobia - January 21st 2010, 04:12 AM

I haven't slept properly for nearly seven months, and recently I've stopped sleeping altogether. I had a pretty bad relationship which I came out of last July which ended violently and I ran away to another country for a while where things got worse and I ended up homeless in a very violent and crazy place. I came home and I've become a total shut in - I can't leave the house anymore and I can't sleep; my life is whittling into some crazy existance where I've become so afraid of leaving the house that I just sit still all day and stare out the window. At night when I try to sleep I get really bad flashbacks and feel like I'm reliving all the bad things that have happened. It's getting worse; my doctor won't prescribe me sleeping pills and gives me more anti depressants but I literally cannot stand being on them, they make me feel like a zombie and i don't have enough money to go to therapy and I also don't think I could leave the house to go. this time last year I had graduated a top university at the top of my class and had a prestigious internship. My ex was in the field I worked in and I quit it all after him because I couldn't stand to be reminded of everything that happened. Now I've literally lost everything I used to be and again, can't sleep or leave the house. Has anyone been through anything like this? Is there any tips for getting to sleep?
   
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Re: insomnia/agrophobia - January 21st 2010, 06:04 AM

Has the doctor diagnosed you with any mental illness? I'm no expert, but from the sounds of it, you could have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder..? Maybe you should talk to your doctor about these things. See if there are free therapists/mental health associations? I know in Canada, we have the Canadian Mental Health Association, and they're willing to help with things like therapy and stuff for those who have mental illness, and it doesn't cost a thing. Either that, or try to go to a support group that associates with problems you may have?

Putting your mind to rest, by figuring things out and getting some form of therapy/treatment may help your sleep problems. Your doctor may be reluctant to prescribe you sleeping pills because sleep medications are addictive, and if it's a psychological thing rather than a chemical thing, it may make things worse in the end.

Seriously, see if your doctor can help you find some low-income options for therapy (if nothing free), and/or set you up with support groups. This will be a good first step to recovery.
   
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