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08 Oct 2009

Chronic insomnia
Good day.

My partner suffers from chronic insomnia. He has been seeing a psychiatrist for about two years now. He has been on several types of sleeping tablets. The tablets that work best are dorminoc, however, these cause him to difficulty in waking up as well as impeding his motor functions once he has taken the tablets. The tablets also start to affect his short term recall after about two weeks. He has also tried rohypnol, which doesn’ t work and also causes serious mood swings and anxiety. If he doesn’ t use any medication he sleeps about two hours a night and after a week he is unable to function. The dependence on the medication has become an issue for him. We have tried exercise (walking about 3km every night), this doesn’ t have an effect at all. Is there some kind of blood/chemical test we can have done to determine which medication would be best suited. An alternative treatment to cease the dependence on the medication would be more preferable. However, we have to be practical in our solution.

Any assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
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01 Jan 0001

Depression is a common cause of insomnia. He needs to firstly discuss this with his psychiatrist. The problem is that insomnia can worsen depression! If the psychiatrist feels that the insomnia is out of proportion to the depression, then he should be referred to a sleep doctor.
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