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How do I know if my insomnia is a symptom of a bigger problem, like depression or bipolar disorder?

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Last Updated: 03/16/2020 at 2:56am
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October 25th, 2014 5:38pm
You can know this by visiting a doctor. You can also know it by reading the "Sleeping well guide" which provides you advices and information about sleeping disorders
April 2nd, 2015 3:11am
Seeking advice from your doctor would be the safest answer ! Non thinking tools and exercising can help change sleeping patterns 😴 heat pack across your eyes and warm milk might help too ...
July 20th, 2015 3:21am
When I start wondering about this, I try to look at how long it's been lasting. If it's only been for a week or two, I kind of wonder if I'm anxious about something or has my routine changed. If it's happening for more than a few weeks, that's when I generally go to the doctor and ask for their opinion.
October 2nd, 2014 6:51pm
Taking a step back to realize that your insomnia could be part of a bigger concern is always the first step. Sometimes talking to someone about what is happening in your life can help you realize that you are more troubled than you might have thought. I find it's important to look at reliable sources for other symptoms of disorders, or refer to the APA's DSM (American Psychological Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) which is used for diagnosing disorders.
October 26th, 2014 3:00am
Depression (and I'm sure bipolar disorder, as well) can cause insomnia, however insomnia can cause depression, too. If you find you have symptoms that match those listed under the 7 cups depression self help guide or on a psychology website, you may have a correlation between insomnia and the bigger picture, however without a professional opinion, you can't know.
November 2nd, 2014 8:56pm
For these types of questions, it is best to consult someone with a professional degree. It might be beneficial to consult with your doctor or a registered counselor before jumping to any conclusions.
November 3rd, 2014 7:32pm
knowing and being aware of my thoughts when i go to sleep. If my mind is racing about random problems and having no solutions i know i need to reach out for help.
November 4th, 2014 2:04am
If you're questioning something about your health, It's always best to talk to a professional. Call your doctor, and set up an appointment with them. Or talk to a trusted adult
November 7th, 2014 1:54pm
The best suggestion I have would be to talk to a professional so that they can talk to you about the possible cause of insomnia
December 23rd, 2014 2:13am
Going to the doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist would be a good idea than self-diagnosis. It is proven risky especially if you do not have a background or sufficient knowledge about mental health.
January 5th, 2015 2:56pm
If you only have insomnia, it might be just insomnia. But if you do feel episodes of depression or constant change of mood, try talking to someone to clarify.
April 15th, 2015 6:10pm
they only way to know for sure is to by diagnosed by a medical or mental health professional and then seek treatment. best of luck! :)
April 24th, 2015 7:40pm
Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you doze off. Even if you’re spending eight hours a night in bed, if you feel drowsy and fatigued during the day, you may be experiencing insomnia.
May 16th, 2015 2:51am
You are talking about the possiblity of a mental disorder. Just like physical disease, a mental disorder need to be dianogse with prosfessionals. You probably cant treat or know them yourself.
May 27th, 2015 6:46pm
If you just can't sleep well but you feel good during the day is just insomnia. But if you feel sad during the day and feel stressed or overwhelmed you're I'm a deeper problem and you need help. Remember that were here to.listening to you, we care about you.
February 29th, 2016 7:33pm
When I first had insomnia, I could not really figure out why. It seemed random and out of the blue, because my muscles felt tired but my mind was racing, and limbs sometimes became restless. I tried to keep track of what I was thinking about and how often I slept and the quality of my sleep, and talked about it with my doctor. He was able to give me some perspective about how insomnia fit in with my anxiety and depression, and how to deal with it.
May 30th, 2016 7:55am
Depression and bipolar disorder have other symptoms apart from insomnia, for example drastic mood swings, low motivation or self-esteem and so on. You might have depression or bipolar disorder if you have other symptoms along with insomnia that match the characteristics of these problems.
March 16th, 2020 2:56am
If your insomnia is interfering with day to day life and at a point where it is harder to function and your missing out on things that you used to highly enjoy then it may be a sign of a bigger problem like depressed or bipolar disorder. If you are experiencing multiple signs that interfere with day to day tasks making life more challenging such as lack of sleep or over sleeping, feeling worthless most of the days of the week, lose of appetite it even over eating then I’d recommend talking to a professional about it if you feel comfortable talking about it.