Difficulty sleeping is often an issue. If avenues such as yoga ,meditation, warm baths or creative expression have not helped try one of these herbal remedies: valerian or passionflower or skullcap.
If you are using valerian capsules, it is recommended that you take about four an hour or so before bed. The impact should last about four hours. If you find yourself waking up in the night, unable to return to sleep, take another four. Most people find this an effective dosage. Be sure only to take valerian for three weeks or so before switching to another herbal remedy as your body will get used to it. After you switch for a couple of weeks, you can go back to the valerian, and it should have the same impact that it initially had.
Passionflower: take in tincture form: 30 to 60 drops
Skullcap: take in tincture form
Using lavender essential oil in a diffuser can also help:6 drops
If you are feeling anxious or frightened the herbal remedies above can help.
If the herbal remedies do not get you to sleep or reduce the anxiety try sedatives/benzodiazepines.
It may be that the process is so intense that sedatives (benzodiazepines) don’t have the required effect. Antipsychotic medication is the next step. It has been found that the best outcomes (being back to work or study sooner) are achieved by using the smallest possible amount for the shortest possible time. (It is not advisable to reduce or stop prescribed medications without clinical guidance.)