"Well im on amitriptyline(brand name elavil) and id have to say it works great for depression. If you have the type of depression where you are awake allnight obsessing about everything tricyclics are probley the best option."
I had terrible insomnia with my depressive episodes. My psychiatrist was not very helpful. I was hospitalized briefly and the nurses would come in every hour or so to do a bed check.
I was in bed. Where else would I be? While there may be a correlation between lying in bed, and sleeping, the relationship is not cause and effect. The nurses reported I was asleep,
which allowed my psychiatrist to disregard my pleas for help with my insomnia. If I had known we were playing a game, I would have wrote down every time the door cracked open so the nurse
could count bed lumps.
Anyway, around day 50 of no sleep, I realized I was dying and needed to do something for myself. I went to the library and read a few books on insomnia. One book mentioned amitriptyline
as having a hypnotic effect that sometimes helped those suffering severe insomnia. I saw my psychiatrist that week, and I had him prescribe it for me. I had my first nights sleep in 52 days
after taking it. The next time I saw my psychiatrist, I told him of the marvelous sleep inducing properties of Amitriptyline (Elavil). He assured me he knew all about it, and that he prescribed it to
several of his other patients. Funny that it never occurred for him to prescribe it for me. What I really think happened is that after I explained the success I had with Amitriptyline, he went
across the hall to discuss the issue with one of his fellow psychiatrists who then told him it was common knowledge in the industry. What an EGO!