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 Should i commit suicide?
my life is filled with so much pain and suffering, and im only 14 and i know its going to get worse cause it does everyday, and im not talking about teenage drama crap, ive had cancer, over 10 ...

 Help im miserible, im not excited anymore. im 16?
like im bored with my life. in augest i went on a humantarian trip and had the best time of my life. since mid october I have been very bored with my life. I feel like tommorow is just another day. I ...

 Is this depression?
lately ive been in some sort of constant mood. i cant seem to get up in the morning, i call in sick for work, avoid goin out and seem to have no energy for anything watsoever. i dont wanna go to the ...

 When people ask me why I am silent, what do I tell them in return?
I am not a talkiative person so people may ask me why I am so silent etc. and I feel myself very bad.

What can I tell them in return so that what i say will sound logical?

I ...

 If I fart in the bathtub and bite the bubbles what will they taste like?
I just wanted to know before I do it....

 I think Im mentally ill?
I lacerate my body when i get mad. I take my machete and run it in the webbing of my toes and fingers. Why must i hurt myself. I also have started to take cardstock paper and run it across the ...

 Can you overdose on Paracetamol?

 So i have 'anxiety'..It started about 3 years ago. Do I tell the doctor? Ive always had problems but..
I hypervenalate, Cry out loud, scream, pass out- I just lose control of my emotions, feel like my heads going to explode & need someone to calm me down..i cant control myself..will it go away? D...

 I have reached the ten year mark?
This wasn't supposed to happen. This July 4th was supposed to be my deadline for how long I would let myself grieve my mother's death. I have been a wreck ever since then and have only ...

 Being a loner........?
Is ther anything wrong with being a loner?People seem to think you are stuck-up or very shy.Well I do have a little shyness in me.But mainly I am just not a people person.And is ther anything I could ...

 I want to quit drinking at home- and I believe i can do it- but my husband wants me to go to AA...?

 Whats wrong with me?1?
Im a 21 year old loser
I have 0 friends
no support
No Health insurance
my parents are idiots
I have heart problems.
I think i might be getting dumber by the day, or it ...

 How do you keep yourself entertained all day at a BORING job?
And please don't say, "by playing online" - I all ready do that...I need something else! I am about to go crazy!!
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(Quitting before the end of Nov. is ...

 I need serious help with a BIG problem. will u help me/ give advice or whatever?
Its really depressing.....
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okay!!!! okay well im 19 and its my highschool graduation on friday. the thing is i have 29/30 credits so i wont be able to go =[ but my ...

 Is my daughter ok?
Shes obsessed with picking her scabs, she will do it all the time until they bleed and then they heal and she picks them again. Ive told her so many times not, but she says she cant help it. She also ...

 My imaginary friend...?
I have an imaginary friend because i don't get a lot of time to talk to my boyfriend, whom he's modeled after and i use him to block out things. (my imaginary friend i mean) well, ...

 What do you call a place where a person can go to relax and get away from people and stress.?

 When have you had enough?

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i have left this intentionally vague, because everyone knows what it is that makes them say OKAY I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!...

 I am 22 going on 17 Whats your mental age?
And don't forget to put your real age in....

 Do you think writing when you are stress or/and depress helps any?

I cant stop thinking when i try to sleep???
sometimes when i try to go to bed no matter how tired i am i just cant sleep because my mind starts racing. i cant stop thinking about stuff. it could be random things and i just cant go to sleep because of all of these crazy thoughts. do i need medication and what is going on with me this has been happening alot recently. last night would make the fifth time this month.

I'm 100% Man
Watch TV, stay up late until you feel so tired you pretty much fall asleep.

Sounds Bipolar. Maybe you should try to listen to music.

take a Tylenol or a sleep Aid if it doesnt help call your doctor my friend says you might have insomnia

connar ann
this happens to me ALL the time.
what i do is..yes i know this is gunna sound funny but it really works. just think bout something u really, i mean REALLY like. and focus on that one thing. and if that dont work...then just start countin sheeps

Had it for years and finally talked to my Doctor and have taken Ambien CR since. He said it might be addicting. I said I don't care, just keep it coming.

Your name says it all. I wouldn't have an easy conscience with a name like that either.

Try meditation. It might help to take some meditation or yoga classes.

How much physical exercise do you get? I suspect not enough. Try going for a long walk after dinner, or maybe some jogging, bike riding, etc. If you are physically tired when you go to bed, your mind will rest too. And cut out all caffiene after breakfast. Good Luck.

that happens to me all the time


I was exactly the same - drove me insane,, until I bought ' complete relaxation (hypnotherapy Technique) by Glenn Harrold, and Deep Sleep every night. I put on my headphones, get comfy and listen to every word he is saying to me, cant remember ever getting to the end of his CD,, but nearly choke on the headphone wire in the middle of the night!! good luck,,

Jim Mullet
* Sleep is as important as food and air. Quantity and quality are very important. Most adults need between 7.5 to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you press the snooze button on the alarm in the morning you are not getting enough sleep. This could be due to not enough time in bed, external disturbances, or a sleep disorder.
* Keep regular hours. Try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. Getting up at the same time is most important. Getting bright light, like the sun, when you get up will also help. Try to go to bed only when you are sleepy. Bright light in the morning at a regular time should help you feel sleepy at the same time every night.
* Stay away from stimulants like caffeine. This will help you get deep sleep which is most refreshing. If you take any caffeine, take it in the morning. Avoid all stimulants in the evening, including chocolate, caffeinated sodas, and caffeinated teas. They will delay sleep and increase arousals during the night.
* Use the bed for sleeping. Avoid watching TV or using laptop computers. Know that reading in bed can be a problem if the material is very stimulation and you read with a bright light. If it helps to read before sleep make sure you use a very small wattage bulb to read. A 15 watt bulb should be enough. Bright light from these activities may inhibit sleep.
* Avoid bright light around the house before bed. Using dimmer switches in living rooms and bathrooms before bed can be helpful. (Dimmer switches can be set to maximum brightness for morning routines.)
* Don't stress if you feel you are not getting enough sleep. It will just make matters worse. Know you will sleep eventually.
* Avoid exercise near bedtime. No exercise at least 3 hours before bed.
* Don't go to bed hungry. Have a light snack, avoid a heavy meal before bed.
* Bedtime routines are helpful for good sleep. Keep routines on your normal schedule. A cup of herbal tea an hour before bed can begin a routine.
* Avoid looking at the clock if you wake up in the middle of the night. It can cause anxiety. This is very difficult for most of us, so turn the clock away from your eyes so you would have to turn it to see the time. You may decide not to make the effort and go right back to sleep.
* If you can't get to sleep for over 30 minutes, get out of bed and do something boring in dim light till you are sleepy.
* Keep your bedroom at comfortable temperature. Not too warm and not too cold. Cooler is better than warmer.
* If you have problems with noise in your environment you can use a white noise generator. A old fan will work or you can buy noise machies from many sources.
* Know that the "night cap" has a price. Alcohol may help you to get to sleep but it will cause you to wake up throughout the night. You may not notice it. (It is worse if you have sleep apnea because the alcohol makes the apnea worse.) Sometimes people snore only if they have had some alcohol or may snore worse if they already snore.)
* If you have a sleeping partner, ask them if they notice any snoring, leg movements and/or pauses in breathing . Take this information and try the sleep test. You may have a sleep disorder or you may just need to increase your awareness about your own sleep need. If you have any concerns see your doctor.

You might try some audio cd's too (I love the Delta Sleep)

I have the same problem occasionally, and used to have it a lot more. The way I deal with it is by listening to some music or to a lecture, or by reading a book directly before sleeping. Also, if you find that you are anxious about things that you still have to do, try writing a list, and crossing off things that you do, so that when you go to bed you know you have accomplished something that day, and the next days tasks won't seem so scattered or intimidating. It will help calm your anxiety. It may also help to see a therapist about anxiety.

olympics junkie
There are many techniques for dealing with this--you just have to find the ones that work for you. I go to bed at the same time each night, & get up at the same time. I have a routine each nite. When I'm in bed & ready, I take my mind to a place that has been helpful to me..I chose a home (usually one of my friends from back in grade school) & "move in! I paint, change the carpet, move my furniture & belongings in, sometimes remodel & knock out walls, just totally make this house mine.. Invariably I fall asleep before I even get one room completed, so the same house can take weeks to complete. Whenever my mind wanders, I just go right back & pick it up again...

I agree with the stress and anxiety part. Your mind races because it knows you have not finished what your supposse to do. the reason it happened only 5 times this month. Do not anticipate also, since this can add to your stress. Try to prioritize better and manage your time wisely.

Hidayah MK
People suffering from insomnia are the usual individuals crying "I'm havin trouble tryin to sleep." There are lots of measures people can take to alter their lifestyle and behaviors en route to solving their "I'm havin trouble tryin to sleep" dilemma. Take a look below.

Get rid of alcohol, caffeine, Nicotine and other known stimulants. Caffeine effects can last several hours. Alcohol, can have a sedative effect during the first couple of hours following its consumption, but can later lead to non-restful sleep.

Regular exercise improves sleep length and quality.

Don't drink or eat prior to going to bed. Snacking or having late dinners before sleeping activates the digestive system and can keep a person up. Excessive drinking before going to bed overwhelms the bladder.

Let go of worries. Try making a work-related to-do list to keep on top of things.

Join cognitive therapy sessions. These help insomniacs ID and correct unseemly beliefs and thoughts that contribute to insomnia. They also provide people with info regarding age-related sleep variations, sleep norms and aid them in establishing reasonable sleeping goals.

Cut down on naps! Maintain regular sleep patterns so the body is trained to associate sleep with certain cues or signs.

Limit activities done in bed. Don't make phone calls, balance checkbooks, watch TV or listen to the radio while abed as these all contribute to increased alertness.

Make the sleeping environment comfy. The noise, temperature and lighting must be controlled to make the bedroom more favorable for falling asleep.

Minimize stress. Relaxation therapies can help in de-stressing.

It's important to get enough sleep if you want to wake up all set to conquer the day and feel engaged in whatever's happening around you. There's plenty you can do to overcome your "I'm havin trouble tryin to sleep" woes. Simply follow the above suggestions.

Most women do that. Just take about 5mg of Melatonin a night. You'll be asleep in less than 30 minutes. It's located in any grocery store in either the organic section or wherever the vitamins are located.

Mario D
I've had that for years. Its called insomnia. Try having hot coco before going to bed and having a nice warm bath. But the best advice i can give you which will almost always work is... sort out the problems and got to bed in a good mood and you will fall asleep.

For example if i spent the whole day studying then i can fall asleep because i know i have made use of my day and it will benefit me. Or if i spent the whole day out with friends and i've had fun then i can go to sleep because i have had a fun day.

Maria P
drink a full glass of water before bed trust me youll sleep inno time or hav a cold bath
it works
my doector sed so

several things can cause this. Dont watch tv or get on the computer right before you go to bed, or you will have a terrible time getting to sleep. Dont eat right before bed. Try to relax and maybe write in a journal so you can get all your thoughts out instead of thinking of them in bed. I like to also listen to relaxing music on my ipod, like ocean waves or a soft thunderstorm. It keeps my mind of the day and relaxes me

Fluffy McFluff
try lying flat on your back with your hands on your ribs and take slow breaths listen to your breathing and close your eyes, this is what i do if i cann't sleep, also try litening to Gentle, soothing music, with very dull lights.

although you may need to see a sleep specialist if it doesn't help

Good Luck

jacob d
watch family guy,it comes on at 11:00, its so retarded it makes me go to sleep every night

ik ben alphabetsoup
After reading all the misinformed responses, I am a person who deals with this. The closest any of your other answers came to being correct is the one that said you may be bi-polar. This is most commonly associated with racing thoughts. My question to you is: Do you have these thoughts at other times during the day, or only when you go to sleep?

The best thing you can do is music, but only music that you know the words to. Sing along in your head and that will immediately make the thoughts stop until you fall asleep. It has worked for me for years. I don't recommend sleeping aids as they can definitely become addictive. I am personally against medicine and do not recommend going to a psychiatrist who will prescribe you something, even if you don't need it. Lastly, a threapist once said to me treat it like a busy train track. You can't have two trains coming in on the same track. So you get to play train station manager. Treat each thought like a train. Take one thought, stop the others. Deal with one thought till it's resolved then allow another to come in. Having a "mental process' in which you go through with each thought helps.

If it just happened recently, something is stressing you out or on your mind.

Set a regular sleep schedule.

To help, have a glass of milk and eat a banana 45 min to 1 hour before bed.


Bananas are rich in Tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into the calming and sleep-inducing brain chemical serotonin.

A protein naturally found in milk may improve sleep quality and next day alertness, according to
a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Milk contains a protein alpha-lactalbumin, rich in Tryptophan, that tells the brain to sleep. Plus you wake up feeling rested the next morning, without the side effects that often come with sleep-inducing drugs.

you need what is called a white noise..... a steady sound such as the ticking of a clock or the radio on and then it will be easier to fall asleep.... the detective in SE7EN uses one.

Has something in your life changed? This is normally caused by stress. I have this problem. I went to my doctor and it took awhile, but we did find a medication that helps me. I know you want a solid answer from this, but honestly to me it sounds like an anxiety problem. However, I do not have a medical degree, so as soon as you can I would recommend seeing your doctor. In the meantime, try some herbal relaxers like chamomille tea, or they have supplements at the health food stores to help you relax. Do not try sleeping pills, they are highly addictive and leave you feeling very groggy the whole day after you take them.

Disciple Derek
Wow, you're getting a lot of feed-back on this one. I'll try and make mine short.

I've had this problem since I can remember. Since yours just started recently, my advice may not be the most accurate, but try it. I used to just lay awake forever, but then I started to listen to music as I fall asleep. For me, it doesn't take like classical music or anything special, just music that I like. I just put on some music, and usually I wake up the next morning and can't even remember ever listening to the 7th or 8th song on whatever CD I was playing. But don't sing along to it, just listen. And don't have the volume low, like a background music. Have as loud as if you and your best friend got into a huge fight and you were in your room playin some music (best analogy I have). You're not gonna have it loud, are you? No, you're gonna have it loud enough to hear it, but quiet enough so you can just think about it.

So much for the short part, huh? Oh well, I hope this helps.

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