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Anybody had depression/anxiety improve with CPap?
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cpap banished morning headache and morning fog and misery... that is a very big burden lifted. depression... depends on cause. it the cause is fatigue, then it may well do the trick Smile
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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Hi Abby. I have a long history of depression and anxiety. I just started CPAP therapy about a month ago. I have to say that I am definitely feeling less anxious.

It's probably too early to tell what the ultimate effect for me is going to be, but I feel hopeful. It's nice not to wake up with my body already feeling stressed. It seems to give me more capacity for dealing with stressful events when they come up. I have been taking the antidepressant mirtazipine/Remeron for the past year for depression, anxiety, and sleep issues. It works really well for me.

I have also noticed that my anxiety gets worse if I skip meals. I assume that's due to fluctuation in blood sugar.

I hope that you will see an improvement. I'm assuming that your anxiety is probably pretty severe if you are taking Xanax. Best of luck to you.
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#13
I have had serious issues with anxiety that actually led to the discovery of my sleep apnea. There may even be a connection on some level between the two, in my case. Before CPAP therapy, I would wake up with attacks or episodes as I would call them because there was alot going on that may or may not have been purely an anxiety attack. Through a lot of trial and error with meds, xpap, and cutting my alcohol intake by about 2/3, the occurrences have been less frequent and less severe. However, the last few weeks have been virtually rest-less because of constant awakenings that do not always sync with respiratory sleep events. Mysteries I need answered as well.

My advice is; try hitting the problem from every angle because there never seems to be just one cause, or one solution. That is to say, talk to as many different doctors as it takes, but you must see a psychiatrist for the right meds, eat healthy, don't smoke, watch alcohol intake if at all, exercise, do things that reduce your stress and improve your mood, stay on top of your cpap therapy.
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i think (hope) my previous anxiety issues may have stemmed from my constant state of being exhausted all day - or at least it exacerbated my anxiousness.

After four months of cpap i'm still feeling tired but nowhere near pre-cpap days and i'm definitely waking up feeling more refreshed. As of last week i've gone cold turkey off my anxiety meds (with my drs knowledge) and will see what happens in the coming months. will be good to have a baseline with cpap therapy and no meds to judge how i'm travelling.



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(02-24-2016, 06:23 PM)Gyddyup Wrote: i think (hope) my previous anxiety issues may have stemmed from my constant state of being exhausted all day - or at least it exacerbated my anxiousness.

After four months of cpap i'm still feeling tired but nowhere near pre-cpap days and i'm definitely waking up feeling more refreshed. As of last week i've gone cold turkey off my anxiety meds (with my drs knowledge) and will see what happens in the coming months. will be good to have a baseline with cpap therapy and no meds to judge how i'm travelling.

FYI, it is not a good idea to go cold turkey on getting off Benzo's if you have been on them for any length of time, as you can have severe side effects which can be worse than your current anxiety levels. Work with your Doc and if you have side effects try a 3-6 month taper off plan.
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(02-25-2016, 09:31 AM)Sacktime Wrote:
(02-24-2016, 06:23 PM)Gyddyup Wrote: i think (hope) my previous anxiety issues may have stemmed from my constant state of being exhausted all day - or at least it exacerbated my anxiousness.

After four months of cpap i'm still feeling tired but nowhere near pre-cpap days and i'm definitely waking up feeling more refreshed. As of last week i've gone cold turkey off my anxiety meds (with my drs knowledge) and will see what happens in the coming months. will be good to have a baseline with cpap therapy and no meds to judge how i'm travelling.

FYI, it is not a good idea to go cold turkey on getting off Benzo's if you have been on them for any length of time, as you can have severe side effects which can be worse than your current anxiety levels. Work with your Doc and if you have side effects try a 3-6 month taper off plan.

Step into my office.

Somewhat true but... You CAN go off benzos cold turkey. It just depends on how you are taking them. In my case, I only take lorazepam as needed, on and off for years, which is sometimes a couple or more a week and sometimes none for a week, for example.

That being said, yes, be careful of going cold turkey on ANY daily anti-depressant or anti-anxiety meds. Most of them need to medically supervised weening off. I have taken things like Paxil and Zoloft that will screw up your whole month if you try to just stop taking them ice poultry.
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(02-25-2016, 10:22 AM)FredSchnoyd Wrote: Step into my office.

Somewhat true but... You CAN go off benzos cold turkey. It just depends on how you are taking them. In my case, I only take lorazepam as needed, on and off for years, which is sometimes a couple or more a week and sometimes none for a week, for example.

That being said, yes, be careful of going cold turkey on ANY daily anti-depressant or anti-anxiety meds. Most of them need to medically supervised weening off. I have taken things like Paxil and Zoloft that will screw up your whole month if you try to just stop taking them ice poultry.

Dose and duration of benzo use is a factor in taper time. It can take 12 to 24 months for GABA receptors to up-regulate. Even then, the symptoms that put a person on benzos in the first place may return.

All benzos run the risk of status epilepticus upon withdrawal. That's a state of continuous seizure that leads to death. No one should cold turkey off benzos. ALWAYS be under a supervised medical plan with a physician when withdrawing from benzodiazapines.
This Veteran is medicated for your protection.
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Had very positive results, almost overnight with depression/fatigue. Could be placebo effect but I've felt 10 times better since starting therapy.
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