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Is Insomnia Mental or Physical in Nature?
#1
I was just wondering if insomnia is a mental disorder or a physical disorder. If it is a mental disorder, that doesn't mean it's any less serious than a physical disorder (As many sadly misinformed people seem to believe). What do you think/know?
#2
It is a mental disorder with physical symptoms, like most mental disorders. Mental and physical health are inextricably linked, both affect each other. I totally agree with your sentiments on mental health, mental health can be even worse than physical problems in some cases. I would rather have a broken arm than depression, that's for sure.
#3
Thank you, Shaun. I knew there were both mental and physical symptoms but I wasn't sure which of those the disorder was actually classified as. And you're right about depression and broken bones; I've suffered from both a broken arm and suicidal level depression. Trust me, the broken arm is preferrable.
#4
Usually it's a "mental disorder with physical symptoms" like shaun said.

Sometimes it can be -because- of a physical problem, though..... like extreme acid reflux or pain, for example, may prevent someone from being able to sleep. That's still insomnia, but it's not a mental hangup that is preventing them from sleeping. And because they're physically unable to sleep, the insomnia itself would be considered physical as well. That, though, would then lead to mental side effects and further proves that they're interconnected anyway.
#5
That's very interesting, I never thought that Insomnia could be a mental disorder with physical symptoms. With my insomnia issues, I know it's because I always feel that there's never enough hours in a day to get things done, so I've always forced myself to stay awake and get certain things taken care of. Now it's become so much of a habit that I just normally stay awake far too long. :(
#6
(2012-10-09 09:48 PM)insomniacgirl Wrote: That
s very interesting, I never thought that Insomnia could be a mental disorder with physical symptoms. With my insomnia issues, I know it
s because I always feel that there
s never enough hours in a day to get things done, so I
ve always forced myself to stay awake and get certain things taken care of. Now it
s become so much of a habit that I just normally stay awake far too long. :(
So for you, you fit the side of it being a mental issue with physical side effects. You
re so stressed about not having enough hours to get enough done that you end up staying awake. You physically forced it to begin with, but it was from a mental standpoint. Now with it being a habit, then your body doesn
t know what else to do.
#7
I'd ask your doctor to refer you to a sleep therapist, because as Jessi says, it sounds as if you need help in breaking the habit of sleeplessness. Sleeping tablets won't work, and they may cause extra, unwanted problems. There's a lot that can be done to help insomniacs these days.
#8
Thanks Jessi and Sandra! And that does make sense that my insomnia has become a habit and my body is so used to that. I will also ask my doctor to refer me to a sleep therapist as well. I've just remembered that my former pulmonary specialist also dealt with sleep issues, so I think I should go back to him and discuss this with him. Thanks again! :)
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