Ive posted a lot about sleep deprivation and truly hope to be posting about something else in the somewhat near future. But in the meantime i do need some insight about medication that might be able to get me there.
My therapist has begun to see my situation full circle and wants us both to make a clear treatment plan in the hopes that we can finally begin to tackle this thing....Started EMDR, getting in depth about traumas, working with a sleep specialist, and also put him in contact with my psychiatrist(who isn't so much on the same page).
Ive tried a share of medications...ambien, trazadone, a few antiphychotics etc. and none have worked. Ive also dodge many meds like antidepressants and others in fear of dependency and withdraw. But I'm realizing i have to deal with things as the come and need to hit this monster at all angles.
Seeing how this sleep issue is so relentless and being that I'm only able to achieve a very very shallow level of sleep when I'm oh so lucky....im really starting to believe that there some serious physiological imbalance that I'm not able to correct on my own..i practice sleep hygiene, exercise most days, i have no immediate stressors..i just don't sleep..simple as that..dont find myself sleepy...just exhausted.
This brings me to this link that i stumbled upon myptsd.com/c/threads/lexapr...
It explains "Lexapro is the only current drug that actively targets the primary area of cause for PTSD, being the chemical imbalance between the right and left brain hemispheres."
Not sure how accurate or credible that is but i remember lexapro being offered to me when my sleep issue started but i had declined it. Also remember a guy in the trauma center with me having sleep issues..so so severe as mine....but he was able to correct it when he was put on lexapro.
I guess what I'm asking is...anyone have any insight/experience/knowledge on any of this....can lexapro overtime help facilitate sleep in the sense that it balances the brain after trauma...antidepressants in general? I know that they effect people differently..but in the case of trauma are the effective