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March 25th, 2010 (07:59 am)

current location: sleep, issues, health
current mood: contemplative

History: I have trouble sleeping. Partly that's due to depression. So I take an anti-depressant. Which causes trouble with sleep. For a while, I was on a sleep medication. Then, it stopped working, and the depression was getting worse. The doctor just scratched her head and said, "Gee, that's too bad. Exercise, I guess." I discovered that one of my asthma meds can cause depression, and that one of them can cause insomnia. Stopped both, and things were better. Not 100%, though. Especially the first day or two after my weekly anti-depressant, sleep is nigh on impossible. Then things at work got insanely stressful. What to do? Well, I went back to my doctor and told her it was a problem. She said the same thing. A week or two later, I was laid up with the worst illness I've had in years, one that turned into an infection. I missed almost a week of work. (When I'm already behind!)

Conclusion: I need to find a doctor that will listen to me.

Difficulty: Finding a doctor that will listen to me.

One of the things I got from Outliers is that the most successful people aren't necessarily the smartest, but the ones best able to deal with people and get what they want. Maybe I'll see if I can do that. I'm not so good at putting myself forward, especially with doctors, who are in a position of Authority. (At least in my own mind.) Unlike apparently most Americans, I approach things with a pretty high "Power Distance Index." Which I think is part of the problem. I finally get up the courage to go to the doctor and tell them my problem, but they have no idea what that costs me. When I tell them, I say things like, "Gee, it's kind of hard to sleep." They don't see what a problem it is, because they're used to dealing with people who are more assertive in getting what they want.

So, I suppose I should find a new doctor and practice being more assertive with them. In all my spare time. *sigh* New girl is on board and getting trained, so hopefully she'll be picking up steam.