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sleep deprivation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 11, 2007
  • 09:24 AM

i had not slept for 3 days-i work shift work-my supervisor thought i was using drugs FROM MY WORKPLACE-i knew something was wrong,but by this time,i was becoming very confused and acting very strange. i knew i did not need to be at work. finally after about 90 hours of no sleep,my boyfriend called the ems when i was wandering around the neighborhood in my nitegown. i thought someone was vandalizing his car. there were many thoughts and actions by me that i still do not remember. i only have my family reports. believe me i never want to do that again. i really have to watch myself now and make sure i get my rest. after 10 days in hosp.,i remember the last few days and bits and piecesof that. also i lost my job after i was dc'd from the hosp. i was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. this was very scary for me -anybody out there care to comment on this?

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  • They're making a diagnosis of bipolar based on a single episode? Or are there other things in your history that make this diagnosis likely? I have heard of other things that could cause this kind of episode - familial insomnias exist, or weird rare autoimmune conditions that attack part of the brain. Maybe even hyperthyroidism, although that would probably be easy to diagnose from other symptoms (rapid heartrate, etc.). (There isn't any way you would have had an accidental exposure to some drug at work, is there?)If it seems to you that bipolar isn't the right diagnosis, you might want to consult with a sleep specialist - they would be aware of other things that could cause that kind of extreme insomnia, and a sleep study might reveal if you have some abnormality in your sleep structure.Whatever the cause, you really shouldn't do shift work again. It really does terrible things to people's sleep, and you've shown that you are susceptible to problems. Look for a job with regular, daytime hours.
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