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In the past three weeks, we have had to lock our 24-year-old son's door at night due to his destructive actions throughout the house during bouts of insomnia. His insomnia seems to happen on a cycle basis. Generally 2 to 4 weeks of insomnia, then approximately 1.5 weeks of excessive tiredness, 1 to 1.5 weeks of happiness, then back to insomnia. This time the insomnia has lasted longer.

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If you are agreeable to pursuing the use of medications, Melatonin, Trazodone, Amitryptiline, Lithium, or Depakote are just some of the things we try for people who have episodic sleep disturbance

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