Q. How can someone with a history of physical or emotional abuse cope with sleeping disorders and PCOD?

Answered by
Dr. Vandana Patidar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 03, 2023

Hi doctor,

My mother has had schizophrenia since I was nine, and there has been a history of physical and emotional abuse. It sort of emotionally affected me a lot, and I tried to get help by telling my father when I was 12 years, but he did not take me seriously, and he is a workaholic. I had trouble managing friendships because I was very irritable and sensitive and would have outbursts over little things. I was quite in control of my life and was very driven when it came to academics, but slowly I started feeling exhausted and started sleeping around 12 to 14 hours and would feel tired even then. I became more introverted and started shutting people out emotionally when everyone called me sensitive and dramatic. I even had this weird period of anxiety which was quite noticeable to my parents, and I cried myself to sleep at night. I even got suicidal thoughts, but I never harmed myself. Fast forward to last year, I was 18, and both my paternal and maternal grandfathers passed away. It affected me greatly, but I tried to write and practice self-love, and things got better.

I managed to control my life and my mother's schizophrenia by secretly putting her medicine in her tea, and friendships started improving, too, and I finally felt happy. I am 18 years and two years from college, and though everything is fine in my life, my mother is doing well. However, I somehow feel I am slipping back into my old ways. I was also diagnosed with PCOS recently, and I was quite motivated to lose weight and get a hold of my life. Still, I cannot seem to get around to following my diet and exercise regime, and my grades have started slipping. Quite recently, I have been very irritable and dull. I want to scream and shout at everyone who asks me what is wrong because I do not know what is wrong. I want to be left alone, and I feel like no matter how hard I try, my life will find ways to get worse, and eventually, I will not be able to keep fighting. I had gone back to sleep for 12 to 14 hours which irritated my parents because it was taking my mind off academics. Before, I used to write a lot. I even had a blog, and I used to have a creative impulse every other day, or I would write how I felt, but these days I am unable to do any of that.

What is wrong with me?

Is it just normal for a teenager?

How do I cope?

Kindly reply.



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I understand that you had a difficult childhood. However, being in the situations we are in is very stressful and significantly impacts life. Your current situation can result from hormonal issues, traumatic childhood memories, improper parenting, and genetics or hereditary factors. Therefore, we need to have a detailed assessment of yours. In addition, you need some supportive psychotherapy sessions.

Thank you.

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