Q: Could My Son Have a Sleeping Disorder
At the age of 10, my son was diagnosed with ADD and prescribed ritalin, at age 14 he was diagnosed with GAD, OCD and depression and we tried
adderal, dexadrine, wellbutrin, and zoloft, at different times, in different
combinations.All through his life, he has also had a lot of problems getting to
sleep at night and waking up in the morning, although the problem was always
treated like a symptom of one of the other disorders. We have tried clonodine
but that scared me and tylenol pm, but that make him too groggy.
When he went away to college last fall, he had been having problems
mood swings, but seemed anxious and ready to start his own life. He made the
decision to stop taking his zoloft (because he thought it interfered w/his
sleep and he wanted to see if he could handle himself without the meds). Soon
the depression and anxiety was in full bloom along with the insomnia, of
course. We got him back into therapy and after 3mos. finally found a
psychiatrist for him. The diagnosis was bipolar II with depression. He is
currently on 150mg of zoloft and 600mg of neuronton. His mood has stabilized
nicely and he no longer seems to have the mood swings or the depression, but
the insomnia is almost as bad. I know that he has missed classes,and appts.
with both his therapist and his psychiatrist. At home it takes an hour of
constant prodding to get him up and an hour for him to come out of the fog he
is in! Even when he is in bed at a decent time, he is still a total zombie!
I can only imagine the problem he is having at school! I have also noticed a
bit of moodiness at those times, but perhaps he forgets his zoloft at times.
He also has problems keeping track of days. He may think he took it, but in
actuality he may be thinking of yesterday or the day before.
Do you think he could have a sleeping disorder as
Should we look into a sleep clinic?(My husband
was recently diagnosed
apnea) Motivation is also problem...putting his intentions into action.
Any suggestions or websites?
Finally, he seems to have so many things wrong with him and I
many of them overlap, but is there any way to narrow these issues down? Everytime I try to research any of these problems online, I am totally
overwhelmed...I don't know which disorder is causing which problem and it's
hard to find any answers.
He is a bright kid, with a lot of potential, but I wonder and worry that his
years in college will not be as productive for him as they should. The last
thing he needs, is to feel like a failure.
Dear Jean --
First read this set of
bipolar disorder. Then read this site on
II per se. Then read this site to confirm your understanding of
expert recommendations about bipolar disorder treatment with
Then you'll be ready to start trying to figure out
the sleep story as potentially a separate problem, which on the whole it sounds
like it's not.