This is the first time I have posted on this website. I'm suffering from severe insomnia. It started in February this year, so I feel like I've had this problem for 10 months now. I live in China, teaching English. I had teaching experience before I came to China and had also travelled around Asia for three months, so I feel that I was properly prepared to take on this job.
At night I just cannot sleep. I just do not feel tired. My mind is buzzing and I just can't switch off enough to blissfully fall asleep. I feel like I could just lay awake all night unless I take medication.
I went to the doctor in February and he prescribed me Xanax and Zopiclone. It worked well at first but now I am addicted to it. If I stop taking Xanax I feel like hell and I get chest pains and anxiety attacks. The zopiclone medicine makes me feel horrible the next day. My head feels like it's been in a car crash or something.
I've had to stop working so that I can try and stop taking medication and get to the root of the problem but not working hasn't really made a difference at all. I have such low energy levels throughout the day that I can't even do the things I love doing to make me feel better.
I know I need to go back to my home country (England) to try and get proper help and be in a familiary environment but I can't even afford to do that now that I've had to stop working. I don't have much family or many friends who can put me up in their house for a while until I get better.
I'm feeling really lost and hopeless!!
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