I was recently prescribed zopiclone for his insomnia. I would compare his first experience of 7.5mg as a small line of ketamine. His thoughts slowed down and he was unable to carry a full thought for more than about 5-10 seconds before he forgot what he was thinking about. He also experienced a heaviness in his body (especially in his legs) and impaired balance. It wasn't very effective as an insomnia cure (SWIM just stayed up for the next 3 hours feeling half asleep until he finally passed out). The next day I felt half-conscious from a combination of sleep deprivation and feeling spaced-out from the zopiclone hangover. He even had to leave work because he felt so "out of it". I tried the pills again, this time taking 11.25 mg. He fell alseep quicker this time (within the hour), and was able to get about 13 hours of sleep in. When he woke up he still felt groggy and spaced out. He called in sick to work and spent the day relaxing on his couch. As the day went on, he felt better and better. The psychological side effects that SWIM experienced from the zopiclone made him feel twice as bad. Granted he was also experiencing unpleasant effects from his lack of sleep, but he felt much worse the days following his zopiclone use. SWIM experienced a relapse in his HPPD symptoms during this period and is still experiencing some of them. SWIM also experienced a relapse in some of his OCD symptoms during this period. This experience has only reinforced SWIM's distrust in doctors and medications. SWIM played guinea pig to his psychologist for 3 years as a kid and had to endure the side effects of many different antidepressants. SWIM happily spent the next few years after that med-free. All he needed was healthy food and exercise. But after putting his trust into doctors again and trying one of the new "wonder drugs" of the time, he once again experienced nothing but negative side effects. This so-called "cure for insomnia" only made SWIM's symptoms worse the next day. It will be a long time before SWIM can put his trust back into doctors. And as far as medications go, I don't plan on letting any doctors pump him full of pills anymore. Especially not any of the new "wonder drugs" we all see advertised on TV. This is just SWIM's point of view and personal experience. Certain medications may help some people, but SWIM for one has never had any positive effects from them. He just thought he'd share his experience with other users.