Case Study

Melinda is a 42-year-old woman who presented to the office with insomnia, fear of public places, increased alcohol use, and irritability. Assisted by her physician's questions, Melinda realized that her symptoms had begun approximately 5 weeks ago, when she read about a violent local robbery in the newspaper. Since then, she felt anxious in public, coped by doing errands early in the morning, and began avoiding social interactions. Recently, she found it difficult to tolerate sex with her husband and unexpectedly felt emotionally distant from him. She began drinking alcohol so she could fall asleep and manage her anxiety. Her husband felt that she was "overreacting" to the robbery and expressed his concern about her escalating alcohol use. Nightmares returned of her experience in Hurricane Andrew 10 years earlier. She and a boyfriend stayed behind to protect their home, which was destroyed, and she witnessed a looter assaulting her friend. The couple broke up shortly thereafter, and she developed PTSD. A therapist helped Melinda move past the trauma and recover. She had been without symptoms for years.

The Insomnia Battle

The Insomnia Battle

Who Else Wants To Sleep From Lights Out 'Til Sunrise Without Staring At The Ceiling For Hours Leaving You Feeling Fresh And Ready To Face A New Day You know you should be asleep. You've dedicated the last three hours in the dark to trying to get some sleep. But you're wide awake.

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