MY LIFE AS A BIPOLAR | MENTAL HEALTH SERIES

My Life as a Bipolar — Chapter 4

Depressive symptom #2— insomnia or hypersomnia

Kathy K
Speaking Bipolar
Published in
4 min readJan 27, 2024

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INSOMNIA
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DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM #2 — Insomnia or Hypersomnia

DSM-5 depressive symptoms for Bipolar disorder
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INSOMNIA

You likely know the definition of insomnia. Trouble getting to sleep. Maybe you’ve been there, maybe more often than you like. As you know, we live in a data and statistic driven world. That said, here a few interesting pieces of data from studies done about insomnia from an article by Healthline.

— Insomnia is a common problem

— 75% of adults over 65 have insomnia

— worrying about not getting enough sleep can make it worse —
I remember doing this for most of my life. If I had somewhere to be early in the morning, I would go to bed a little early to make sure I got enough sleep (usually a minimum of 8 hours was my target). Then when the deadline hit, I worried that I couldn’t go to sleep and that I’d be tired the next day! So I would stay awake worrying for at least an hour or more. Thankfully, I don’t do that anymore. But

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Kathy K
Speaking Bipolar

I write about mental health and fiction, mostly dystopian. Imaginatively unusual is preferable but not always possible for me.