After so many years of taking Ativan as a sleeping pill to counteract Adderall for depression, I'm not on any medication at all. And what I love best about it is that I've become a morning person once again.
What's kind of unbelievable to me is that about 12 years ago, my psychiatrist at the time told me that it was critical for me to get eight hours of sleep a night. And, if the antidepressant I was taking--which, at that time was Zoloft--was keeping me up, I should take Ativan to sleep.
He said that becoming addicted to Ativan was a real possibility, but I shouldn't worry about it because getting regular sleep was so important. What he didn't say was that Ativan--at least for me--had a residual effect in the morning. So, when I take Ativan, no matter what time at night--I can't awaken early.
This psychiatrist also didn't see a problem in my needing more and more Ativan as time progressed. So, if my records are correct, at one time I was taking almost 7 mg. of Ativan at night to sleep. What's amazing to me is that I was able to get up at all. What's very distressing is that I now know that the Ativan was helping cause the depressions.
The good news is that for the first time in years I've become a morning person again. It is an unbelievable feeling for me to awaken at 6:00 in the morning and feel great! It adds hours to my day. Jack (my dog) and I can take walks when the grass is dewy and the morning fog cools the air.
It is truly an extraordinary blessing, and I thank God each and every day for my recovery!
P.S. The photograph isn't of my neighborhood, but it's still an L.A. sunrise, and I got it from Sydney Maria's site.