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Chronic Lack of Energy and Too Much Sleep Required

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I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome since my mid teens. My mother and my older sister also suffer from this disorder and now my 18-year-old daughter also seems to have the same ailment. I have been to see many doctors over the years but they all put this down to depression. I, however, feel that I am depressed because of my lack of energy and huge requirement for sleep. I cannot keep up with any daily routines. I have a lot of creative talent, which I have been unable to access professionally and put into good use. All my (ex) partners got frustrated and angry with me because of my lack of energy etc. Some even got violent. This got so bad that I now have to stay single to avoid these kinds of confrontations. I want to be so much more than I am, do so much more. Please can you offer me any advice?

Chronic Lack of Energy and Too Much Sleep Required

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In either case, if it is from the chronic fatigue syndrome, or from a separate diagnosis of depression, the bottom line is you have the symptoms of depression. This past year the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health day was devoted to the relationship between physical and mental health symptoms. I’ve previously written about this and the article is linked here. In essence one can affect the other.

My guess is the professionals you went to were arguing for antidepressant medicine to be prescribed along with psychotherapy. While it may not be what you want to hear, I would concur with this. Even if the chronic fatigue syndrome is to blame, the result may be a depression. I would encourage you to give therapy and medicine a try. The research indicates this can be the most helpful way to cope. If you need a referral in your area you can use the find help tab at the top of this page.

In addition, some of the new research coming from positive psychology may be important to apply. The link below will bring you to the Proof Positive blog where many applications for applying these techniques are described.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Chronic Lack of Energy and Too Much Sleep Required

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Chronic Lack of Energy and Too Much Sleep Required. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2011/02/02/chronic-lack-of-energy-and-too-much-sleep-required/
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