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    drsree86
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    I had few episodes of anxiety/panic attacks in Sep-2021. After which i developed insomnia and anxiety. Currently was on SSRI+ Clonazepam. Stopped Clonazepam and mentally prepared for doing CBT-I. The current problem is not sleep initiation, but waking up at 2 or 3 AM and then theres a flow of thoughts which keep me away from falling asleep.. Embarassing situation

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    Scott
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    Thank you for sharing. How are you managing the ruminations you experience when you wake at 2/3 am? Do you try to control, avoid or get rid of the thought? If the techniques you’ve been using haven’t been working, it could be time to explore another strategy. What if you viewed thoughts as what they are – thoughts are just thoughts and can’t hurt me instead of trying to fight them when they appear? For example, most of our unhelpful thoughts start with “what if” – “what if I don’t sleep tonight” and so on but if you change your relationship with those thoughts to be more welcoming and say, “thank you for that thought” and redirect your attention to an activity that’s more enjoyable, do you think that would be beneficial for you?

    Hope that helps,

    Scott J

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