What is wrong with me? Are these symptoms of severe depression or something else?

Maddy Asked: What is wrong with me? Are these symptoms of severe depression or something else?

I'm so tired all the time.

Im also depressed, and very anxious, but the exhaustion isfairly new.

I mean, I'm literally so tired that I sleep over 19 hours a night/day. Its 5 am right now. I usually go to bed around 3 or 4 am. And I dont get out of bed until around 8 or 9 pm. This has only started over the past two weeks. Of course I wake up throughout the night/day. But I basically stay in bed and sleep until its black outside.

The thing is, I've read that with clinical depression you're not really sleeping, youre just lying there. With me, I am actually sleeping. And after I wake up, I dont do anything, and I'm tired just a few hours later.

All I do is avoid going outside. I watch stupid tv, dont answer the phone, dont shower, don't do work, dont do anything. and then just sleep again..

I've suffered from depression throughout my life. I'm not on any meds or anything but i do kinda self medicate, like with drinking.

I guess what im wondering, mainly, is what is up with this sleeping? As I said before, I wake up but force myself to go back to sleep because everytime I wake up i feel SUCH dread and terror and horror and misery. I refuse to deal with anything, even eating or getting up to pee or drink water. it all seems too much.

once i wake up im fine, for a few hours.

then it's the same thing all over again. i cant find much online with symptoms that match these. could i have chronic fatigue disorder? does anyone else know about or have these symptoms?


Vindicaire Answered:
The sleep disturbances that come with depression can go all sorts of ways — laying around all the time to actually sleeping for long periods of time.The anxiety actually can wear you out physically, since your body's in a state of extreme agitation.Sounds to me like your medicating style needs some backup – even if it's only for a little while.Meds aren't always forever – just for helping you get out of the funk and back into the swing of things.I found that the length of time I had to take meds was directly affected by whether or not I did the counseling thing with them.Counseling + meds = a shorter duration of taking the meds and longer times between going back on them.Don't wait too much longer.

stkchk4 Answered:
The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary from person to person. However, there are some common signs and symptoms across most types of depression such as:

A persistent feeling of sadness, anxiousness or emptiness that you just can't shake.

Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. A belief that nothing will ever get better and theres nothing you can do.

Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt or being overly self-critical.

Low tolerance for daily frustrations; generally irritable, restless or agitated.

A general loss in the ability to feel pleasure or joy; no longer interested in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities or sex.

Feeling physically drained or an overall sense of sluggishness. Your whole body may feel heavy, and completing a small task seems exhausting.

Difficulty remembering details, making decisions or focusing on a single activity or topic.

Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).

Overeating or loss of appetite resulting in significant weight gain or loss.

Thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts.

Persistent, unexplained aches and pains such as headaches, muscles aches, cramps or digestive problems.

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