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How do I get some sleep?

Sleep Health | Last Active: Mar 23, 2013 | Replies (63)

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@marybeth19

I went through an awful bout of insomnia, high anxiety, and panic attacks a few years ago. It was the worst period of my life, hands down. I knew there had to be a solution, so I went for a free evaluation at my local mental health care hospital. They admitted me to an Intensive Outpatient Program the next day and I spent the following 5 weeks getting the treatment I needed. I suggest you work with a good therapist who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or check out your local mental health resources. Most of them should give you a free assessment. If you happen to be in the Chicago area, I can highly recommend the program at the Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, IL. Their program changed me life! I now sleep 8 hours almost every night and only take sleeping meds on occasion.

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How did you find this program? I need one for my area – Butler pa

Start by going to your Doctor and asking. I’m sure if he(or she ) is a good one they’ll know where to start.

Look up behavioral health hospitals or mental health hospitals for your area. Your Dr. may have a recommendation, too, although mine was clueless about anxiety disorder so you never can tell what kind of results you’ll get from consulting an MD.

Another option is to contact your local NAMI chapter. It’s the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have trained volunteers to help support you through group therapy and surely at one of their free meetings they could suggest a good mental health facility. They usually hold their weekly meetings at local outpatient mental health clinics.

I hope this helps! I’m sorry for the pain and heartache you are facing. I know it is awful and I wish you the best of luck in creating a better and brighter future for yourself.