In response to Nicole/JG's posts:
I agree, a docs office is a good place to be if one has doubts, at any level, about one's health. I also agree that medication of any kind needs to be a last resort instead of a "permanent" solution. This is true whether you have high cholesterol (which can be almost always reversed with the right diet), insomnia, anemia or a hormonal imbalance. BTW, I've had and corrected all the aforementioned conditions through lifestyle changes. Of course, my advice is not uniformly applicable!
I have S.A.D. This causes insomnia. This is not so awful, but...
The insomnia became chronic and eventually caused anemia and low testosterone not to mention anxiety.
My diet was so-so, so the cholesterol went up. We can see a domino-effect here.
I got tired so I couldn't run like I wanted to, so I gained weight and got depressed.
I realized not sleeping was the root of the problem. So I did research as to how to go about fixing myself.
As soon as I learned how to fix insomnia with light instead of drugs, my sleepless nights became fewer and fewer.
Since I was better rested, I had more energy.
More energy meant more exercise.
More exercise made me lose body-fat.
Losing body-fat made me happy.
Being happy made me be more proactive about my diet. (Being happy also made others more eager to be around me!)
Eating a better diet lowered my cholesterol and corrected my hormones (yes, diet can do that!)
It took a year, but the sum-total of all those changes has left me feeling like a 16 year-old again.
(Luckily, I still play piano like a 28 year-old.)
The moral is: Oftentimes, we are the virus and