Depression and Sleep Problems: How to Improve Without Medication

By Lara Schuster Effland, LICSW

Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW, Vice President of Clinical Operations at ERC's Insight Behavioral Health Centers shares advice on how to improve sleep issues and depression without using medication on the ADAA blog.

The agony of insomnia affects about 10 to 35 percent of us. Once sleep loss starts, it becomes a psychological and physical battle.

It can feel like the myth of Sisyphus, who night after night pushed a large weighted stone up a hill only to see it roll down again. But there are ways to reduce the weight and size of this “stone.” Research and clinical experience show that insomnia is associated with reduced quality of life as well as depression. In turn, depression can lead to sleep problems. Insomnia can also lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, hopelessness, exhaustion, and an inability to concentrate. The more we look for sleep, the less we find it. Let go of the pursuit and focus on doing what you can to improve the situation. Read the full article.

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Lara Schuster Effland, LICSW

Ms. Effland has been working in the field of eating disorders for 13 years in multiple levels of care throughout the country. Ms. Effland received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oberlin…

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