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Struggle to sleep at night. Hear natural house sounds and loads of negative thoughts run through my head. Do i have hypnophobia, or maybe something else. And if so, what could i do next?

I struggle to get to sleep at night, as i hate the idea of closing my eyes and being scared to open them again, as i wouldnt be able to defend myself. I hear natural house sounds and instantly think its something bad or scary, and loads of negative thoughts run through my head. I get anxiety and get all hot and sweaty all over, and can phsically feel my heart beating. Im sometimes up till all hours. Ive had a few bad dreams 1 about my dad dying. And the second about my mum dying. Im in school still, and im stressed out with all exams. I also get bad anxiety through out the day. Do i have hypnophobia, or maybe something else. And if so, what could i do next?
Asked On : Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.
After going through your discussion, it appears that you are having some form of anxiety disorder. It could be a phobia or an OCD, difficulty to predict with the information that you have given. We will need further information and also a mental state examination.
The possible treatment options for you in either of the cases will be :
1) SSRI: Fluoxetine, sertraline , fluvoxamine
2) BZD group of drugs: clonazepam, lorazepam.
3) talk therapy: Cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy.
You should try avoid coffee at night and laos consult your psychiatrist at the earliest.
Hope I am able to answer your concerns.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:
bit.ly/dr-srikanth-reddy

Wish you good health,
Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Gourav Monga's  Response
Hello
Welcome to health care magic
I can understand your situation. I appreciate your effort to seek online support.

As per your details, you are possibly having "Obsessive compulsive disorder" which is an anxiety disorder. OCD consists of repeated thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
For this consult a psychiatrist for detailed evaluation and management. Following treatment strategies would be helpful-
1) Antidepressants like SSRIs (escitalopram, sertarline, paroxetine,fluvoxamine).
2) Psychotherapy
3) Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing etc

Hope it helps
Good luck
Regards
Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Please don't stress yourself with complicated diagnostic terminology. In my opinion, you seem to be suffering from an anxiety disorder, and your inability to sleep is likely to be a consequence of your excessive anxiety. Your other symptoms such as increased sweating, increased heartbeats, etc. are all well known physical manifestations of anxiety.

Please consult a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation and further treatment. There are effective treatment options - in the form of medication or counselling / psychotherapy which will help you overcome these fears and negative thoughts, as well as your sleeping problem.

Wish you all the best.

Regards,
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It seems to be simple Anxiety...
You have not stated your age, gender, personal habits, family history or co-morbidities
You have to see professional help - a Psychiatrist...there is no alternative
Counselling and/or drugs will help immensely...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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