Dr. Gurdeep shares the example of a patient he recently treated. “Mrs. P is 48 years old, married with 3 kids and works as an administrator. She came into my clinic as her GP (General Practitioner) had run out of stock of sleeping pills, and won’t be able to restock for the next few months. She is completely reliant on these pills for the past 8 years to help her sleep. So, you can imagine the state of anxiety and despair she was in, when she heard that her GP will not be able to supply her with sleeping pills for the next few months!”
“Before I prescribed her any sleeping pills, I needed to find out if her sleep issue is secondary to a medical or psychological issue. I assigned an assessment for Mrs. P to take, which revealed that she has been suffering from generalized anxiety disorder for years and was not receiving any treatment for it.”
Mrs. P only sought help for her problems with sleep, which was a symptom of her anxiety disorder. “In some cases, short term uses of sedatives are useful, but dependence to it can be a problem in itself – and hence must be used cautiously.” Dr. Gurdeep then started Mrs. P on a definitive treatment to address the anxiety disorder.