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Re: sleep deprivation rjlockhart37

Posted by Tony P on January 17, 2018, at 20:38:17

In reply to sleep deprivation, posted by rjlockhart37 on December 20, 2017, at 13:02:00

I've experienced the mood boost from sleep deprivation -- it used to be an acknowledged treatment for depression -- and when I was younger I could tolerate quite a bit of sleep loss and still cope.

Now, as I get older, and maybe as my depression changes gears, if I am sleep-deprived I get into a peculiar state where I feel incapable of decision making or leaving the house to do anything. If I push myself at that point, I risk a severe anxiety attack.

Modafinil has helped me a good deal with this in the past; if I'm sleep deprived or I've got my biological clock out of synch, I can function quite well on 100 mg modafinil, which the manufacturer calls an "alertness-enhancer". I believe it boosts NE and also some dopamine; its effects are complex pharmacologically, and still being unravelled afaik.

My Meds
Escitalopram 20 mg
Bupropion XR 75 mg
Diazepam 5 mg tid - weaning
Propranolol 20 mg tid
Robaxin - non-prescribed; weaning
Kava - non-Rx, prn




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