Just got diagnosed with narcolepsy. It's crazy because now a lot of things come into perspective. Why did I struggle in school? Why has it always been so hard to concenrate. Why did I always fall asleep in class, Why was it so hard to get up in the mornings all these years? Why am I SO FREAKING tired all the time?! I was born with this ignorance to quitting. I have tremendous drive and will and I think that's what has got me through. Also being younger I was able to deal with the sleep deprivation better but in the last couple years as I entered my late 20's I knew something was right. Work was becoming very difficult. Dealing with people was becoming very difficult. It was like I was falling apart. I have been getting tests for years now. Around 5 years. Becoming nearly a hypochondriac thinking I have this and that and nothing comes up. Not having insurance here and there post poned me getting the care I needed too. Doctors thought I just had depression. Pushing zoloft on me like no other. A ssri could of made me suicidal with it's CNS depressive effects. I'm so glad I never went that route! Thankfully, I decided I'm going to talk to a sleep Dr. It was originally for insomnia cause I have bouts of that too. Tired yet can't sleep. So i've had two sleep studies since january and it's been confirmed. Basically my sleep cycle is messed up. My brain stays active most of the night so that's why I'm always tired. I seem to stay in REM sleep for the majority of the night and skip the normal phases. So I wake up never refreshed and have been sleep deprived for most of my life. Treatment is a drug called provigil. Take one or 2 a day. It's basically designed to keep you awake. Not a caffeine/ephedra/yohimbe type feeling. Then once it's effects wear off you go back to normal. No crash feeling. There's no cure but atleast I have answers to a lot of my life long questions. Hopefully the medication helps me get by. Anyone else have narcolepsy on here?