I’m sorry for what you have been experiencing. It is difficult and frightening but it’s important to realize that you’re making a mistake by not reporting your symptoms to your doctor. When you withhold important information, from people in a position to help you, you hinder their ability to effectively provide treatment.
This problem is likely exacerbated by your sleep deprivation. Studies show that even losing one night’s sleep could lead someone to experience psychotic-like symptoms. Having many night’s of sleep loss could amplify this psychotic-like experience. If your doctor knew about your sleep problems, he or she could prescribe a medication that could stabilize your sleep cycle. Once your sleep is better regulated, your other symptoms could be treated accordingly.
I strongly encourage you to report these symptoms to your doctor. If you feel as though you might harm yourself, do not hesitate to go to the hospital or to call 911. I hope that you will take my advice. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle