i had a slightly traumatic experience while at the mental hospital.

it was my last day there so i was too excited to sleep all too well. took a trazadone. worst mistake ever; i was super anxious and overstimulated. could not stop moving at all and no matter how hard i tried, i couldn't sleep.

i would get up, go to watch tv, come back, and every time i wore my cpap machine it would feel like i was choking.

i know it isn't as intense as other, more superlative experiences but it affected me so much i have become afraid to sleep the past few days.


Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Devices

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Acute Anxiety


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  • RachaelV93



  • Wanderprone


    I’m so sorry! Sounds like you had an opposite reaction to the trazodone. Is it the fear of choking when using your CPAP that’s getting to you? What about trying the CPAP while you’re sitting up with someone else in the room with you for comfort and just wearing it for a few minutes to prove to yourself that it’ll be okay? Hopefully the fear will lessen the farther you get away from the night but you could also reach out to your outpatient psychiatrist for a bedtime anti-anxiety pill you could take for just a few nights while you readjust.

    • darkwitch


      i have been doing okay for the past couple days now. it's just making me on edge. it was so difficult to get a full breath and it felt like i was focusing on breathing myself and couldn't let my body get it back. if i really need it, i'll take some diphenhydramine.

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