You are asking for more detail...I'm not certain which specialist you were directing this to - however, I will personally add that I strongly believe that you are suffering from exactly what my husband was going through for many years. He would go days and days without sleeping..(as well as eating)..and when he would sleep - only 30 minutes total for over a 5 month period of time......This is a sign of Insomnia and a few other factors.
You mention that perhaps you should take a medical leave from work - work causes stress...(but, it's also a form of therapy)...In your case, however, I believe that you may have too many things on your mind in which you find it hard to relax and perhaps taking some time off from work - a few days even, would be helpful.
Your situation may also be caused from a phobia..... many people have a certain fear of closing their eyes and the initial sleep process, in itself, can be overwhelming. This is not something to buy into, psychologically, but to rise above in order to learn more about "self".....how your true self functions.
With all due respect to Dr. Baron who has suggested St. John's Wort, I must beg to differ - taking this herb without being properly diagnosed with depression and such proper professional recommendation in which to be on an antidepressant, can cause serious harm...that is why I did not originally suggest it. However, if you do try this herb, please know that the side effects are as follows: fatigue, dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, rash, and upset stomach - also many experience a sensitivity to sunlight.
I personally believe that in today's society more and more people are suffering from dis-ease/illness- and that we need to STOP believing that any such symptom one has, the cure is to pop a pill, immediately, or that if something is out of the ordinary the first thought is that one is suffering from depression or some other major malfunction, this is all I read and hear about. Of course, we have doctors and, of course, we should seek professional care when we are not feeling well, as "normal"....but, we need to start thinking wellness and believe that any such problem - is not a problem, but a mere situation that can easily be resolved...We do have the power of self in which to heal. Depression especially is naturally caused by our way of thinking (as it's generally not a biological disorder)- it is a NEGATIVE thought process of one's own environment/situations in life - a deep, dark, well....we need to change our thinking and see the beauty in life, get out in nature and be thankful. Clinical depression is usually caused from a chemical imbalance.
I have known many people that have taken St. John's Wort, only to find themselves still stuck in the depression mode - and going deeper - thus finding themselves addicted to it...and altering their personality drastically, flipping out..... Even though I am experienced in herbal remedies - and very much against Western Medicine - knowingly, herbs can be addictive and quite harmful, if not used properly, like anything in life, especially, if we are not fully aware/educated of any possible side effects. Yes, it is suggested to seek the advice of a physician before taking any herbal remedies - however, in Western Medicine philosophy....herbal remedies are not approved in the least bit...but, to be certain that one is familiar with any possible side effects or interaction with any other prescription medicine one may be taking is something that must be discussed with a medical professional.
Before taking any such herbal remedies (especially Western Medicine) for any condition that is not properly acknowledged or diagnosed can cause grave harm to one's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.
You have expressed though that you are not sleeping - thus, let it be at this time that you are just in need of an aid for same - for which I have provided information in my previous post which is all natural and is used for such symptom that you are experiencing.
I remind you (although I'm sure you are fully aware), that seeking the care and treatment by your treating physician or if need be, an emergency room facility, should be kept in mind.
My very best to you.
Peace, Love & Happiness
The Mystic Wave