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Depression — I Just Sleep All of the Time

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I feel mentally sane. I’ve been in much worse situations. However, I’m sleeping 18-20 hours a day. I have no motivation to get stuff done. I have a lot of things to do since I am moving to college soon. I just want to get out of this state. I always feel lightheaded. I do have an eating disorder. A lot of professionals just blame all of my symptoms on my ED, however, don’t offer any sort of solution. They always say, “go to a treatment facility”. I’ve been in treatment three times since late 2013. I always relapse instantly. Anyways, I just want to do things like a normal person. Why is this so hard for me? I’m not on any medication or anything like that, nor do I want to be. I’ve had horrible horrible experiences with psychiatric medication. I’m supposed to take vitamins, and they help a lot, however, I always throw up when ever I take them because I have to take 13 of them. I don’t like eating large amounts of food, so I throw them up (involuntarily) every time. I haven’t taken them in a while. I just need to know what to do to get me out of this feeling.

Depression — I Just Sleep All of the Time

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I appreciate your courage in managing these symptoms. Lets try another approach. I think it may be time for a full-scale evaluation through testing by a clinical psychologist. These types of evaluations take out the guess work and help to pinpoint what the problems are. I recommend looking for a licensed clinical psychologist who does testing. Your local hospital can usually provide some references. If you can find one with a background in neuropsychology that can be a bonus. They usually do a battery of tests aimed at understanding what is the cause of the symptoms, and then write a report that offers next steps in treatment.

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

Depression — I Just Sleep All of the Time

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). Depression — I Just Sleep All of the Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/08/29/depression-i-just-sleep-all-of-the-time/
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