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I have GAD and take Lexapro. I have developed a fear of going to sleep at night / getting a good night sleep since I had my first child. I have a panic attack if I don't think I can fall asleep at night. I have no troubles having a nap in the day. Since Feb 2017, I have been taking Ambien to fall asleep & I now think I can't go to sleep without it. I have been doing this as I feel in control & rested the next day. I now feel more anxious as a result of thinking I have a dependency issues, but continue taking them so I don't feel fear or anxiety at night.

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Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 9 months ago
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Welcome to JA. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in NYS. I am preparing my reply and will post in one moment.

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Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 9 months ago

You are explaining perfectly the paradox of engaging in a behavior.....any behavior (but in your case taking Ambien) as a solution to your sleep problem and then pradoxically believing that you can not go to sleep without it which reinforces that you can not sleep. Yes, it is a vicious cycle, but it can be broken. One of my clients brought to my attention a book she purchased that helped with her insomnia that also had become an anxiety issue for her. I have since recommended this book to several others who have found it to be helpful. I will post the name and author in my next thread if you think this would be helpful for you. Sincerely, ***** ***** LMSW, CASAC

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