We stopped all of his medication on July 14, because he wasn't feeling well at all, and with these medications, he would still find it hard to sleep every 3 days or so.
Sleeping pills and antidepressants aren't working, so we went to the psychiatrist again on Friday yesterday. He asked him whether he felt a lot of energy, like he could do things that other people couldn't. We told him that he's been weight lifting (80-120kg) which is too much. It could be causing him some head pressure, so we've been making sure that he doesn't overdo it. He's always had a lot of energy, and the psychiatrist described it as hypomania, however, he has never had any kind of episode. He just experienced sleeplessness for a few days last summer, and now it's occurring more.
After we explained all of this to the psychiatrist, he prescribed a medication that increases seratonine, and decreases dopamine, along with another medication that does the opposite.
He wants to increase the dosage after 3 days so from half a pill to 1 pill, and then up to 2 pills, and he said to come see him after two weeks so he can prescribe more? We were really not happy with this, because many of our friends here were diagnosed with similar situations, and had to rely on these medications from 6 months to 3 years.
Why take antidepressants if it's just making him worse, and causing him to sleepless? I really think there's something wrong. We're going to another psychiatrist for a second opinion. He was the one who told our friends to stop taking antidepressants and it wasn't until he helped them through other kinds of therapy, that they were able to feel better again.
I'm just wondering if there's a way other than relying on antidepressants? The only problem to me seems to be lack of sleep. We've noticed that if he doesn't sleep before 11pm, he stays awake, and if he eats late he doesn't fall asleep until morning.
He went to bed late last night and woke up after 2 hours, so he took half a pill of stilnox, because the doctor told him to stop Rivotril.
But stilnox didn't work for him. It's causing him a lot of stress, that he's too afraid to go to sleep now. He doesn't know if he should take stilnox again, or Rivotril.