Symptoms of Depression - Contd.
Changes in sleep can go both ways. Some people can't get a decent night's sleep, whereas others sleep endless extra hours and still feel tired all day.
You may experience:
|Difficulty falling asleep|
|Waking up many times throughout the night|
|Awakening before daylight and then tossing and turning, waiting miserably for dawn to finally arrive.|
Agitation and Lethargy
You may feel agitated or slowed down. In some cases you may experience both simultaneously. Agitation is particularly discomforting.
Signs of agitation
|You feel restless|
|You are unable to sit still|
|You wring your hands|
|You pace about|
|You feel like you're "jumping out of your skin."|
Signs of psychomotor retardation or slow down
|You feel like a slow-moving turtle in a fast moving world|
|Your thoughts and actions slows down drastically.|
|People become frustrated with you because you take so long doing things or answering questions or walking down a hallway.|
|Little tasks become big things for you. It may take hours just to get dressed or prepare breakfast or read a newspaper article.|
It become so frustrating that you "finally just give up trying."
|You feel tired all the time. It is like your batteries are all completely drained or like your car is running on empty fuel.|
|It is hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning.|
|Everything is a huge effort. You have no energy. At the end of the day it seems that nothing has been accomplished.|
|You can't face your work. Everything is piling up around you.|
|Your desk, your house, and maybe even your personal hygiene are all a mess. But you don't have the wherewithal to put things right.|
Source: Drs. Allen Frances and Michael First: "Your Mental Health,"
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