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  1. Very exciting advancement tonight which i hope means I've solved the tiredness. I decided to record my self sleeping last night by putting up a webcam. Well I've just looked at results this morning and i kick out or move my legs pretty much every 30 seconds to a minute. I think this is called restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder. I knew it wasn't down to my depression or anxiety. I've got a doctors appointment on Wednesday and going to show them some of the footage. I don't know what the treatment for it is or even if there isn't one. I'm angry that my doctors have never sorted out a sleep study for me but this is looking promising
  2. Hi guys,I've reported on here about my extreme battles with sleepiness throughout the day and that it never lets up.Brief summary is that i've had depression and anxiety for a number of years now, but 3 years ago, i started feeling more and more sleepy during the day and getting unrefreshing sleep. I was still able to function and do things, but it made my mental health problems worse. Fast forward to 6 months ago, and the sleepiness got a whole lot worse. As soon as i wake up from when i go to bed, it feels like i havent slept. I have visible extreme bags under my eyes and yawn frequently. I dont nap through the day and struggle to keep going, although im pretty much housebound by how sleepy i am and i try to avoid driving now.Ive discussed this on here before with some people. It seems like the depression and the anxiety would be to blame for this. But my GP who i saw the other day says she doesnt really see people who are sleepy with depression and anxiety and that i seem to be very coherent and able to express myself well. Ive had blood tests done and home oximetry sleep apnea test to rule that out. I just keep thinking that this has to be something else than my mental health issue. I feel like the sleepiness is the thing making everything so much worse.Sometimes i struggle to sleep on a night, and then other times, ill be so sleep deprived that ill be asleep as soon as i get into bed. However, i will always wake up round about 6-7am no matter how much i try to sleep longer. Can't remember the last time i could sleep in. Ive also been having random leg jolts/jerks which ive mentioned in here before which ive had for years. I dont know if there is any link.Im going to video myself whilst im asleep tonight and see if theres any clues with that. I think once i rule everything out, then ill probably go back to the depression and anxiety is causing this. But something is just telling me it's something seperate. I've though of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Restless Legs Syndrome.Is anybody going through a similar experience or can give me some advice in that it will get better. Sleepiness is the worst symptom ive ever had and im struggling to function and take things in. Ive ever thought of asking the doctor if they can give me some kind of stimulant to keep me awake.Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading all of that Your comments will help me a lotEDIT: Also, i have just started off yesterday on Venlafaxine 75mg and will be working my way up on that. Exercise, eating healthily and relaxing doesnt seem to help the sleepiness out
  3. Hi guys,I've reported on here about my extreme battles with sleepiness throughout the day and that it never lets up.Brief summary is that i've had depression and anxiety for a number of years now, but 3 years ago, i started feeling more and more sleepy during the day and getting unrefreshing sleep. I was still able to function and do things, but it made my mental health problems worse. Fast forward to 6 months ago, and the sleepiness got a whole lot worse. As soon as i wake up from when i go to bed, it feels like i havent slept. I have visible extreme bags under my eyes and yawn frequently. I dont nap through the day and struggle to keep going, although im pretty much housebound by how sleepy i am and i try to avoid driving now.Ive discussed this on here before with some people. It seems like the depression and the anxiety would be to blame for this. But my GP who i saw the other day says she doesnt really see people who are sleepy with depression and anxiety and that i seem to be very coherent and able to express myself well. Ive had blood tests done and home oximetry sleep apnea test to rule that out. I just keep thinking that this has to be something else than my mental health issue. I feel like the sleepiness is the thing making everything so much worse.Sometimes i struggle to sleep on a night, and then other times, ill be so sleep deprived that ill be asleep as soon as i get into bed. However, i will always wake up round about 6-7am no matter how much i try to sleep longer. Can't remember the last time i could sleep in. Ive also been having random leg jolts/jerks which ive mentioned in here before which ive had for years. I dont know if there is any link.Im going to video myself whilst im asleep tonight and see if theres any clues with that. I think once i rule everything out, then ill probably go back to the depression and anxiety is causing this. But something is just telling me it's something seperate. I've though of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Restless Legs Syndrome.Is anybody going through a similar experience or can give me some advice in that it will get better. Sleepiness is the worst symptom ive ever had and im struggling to function and take things in. Ive ever thought of asking the doctor if they can give me some kind of stimulant to keep me awake.Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading all of that Your comments will help me a lotEDIT: Also, i have just started off yesterday on Venlafaxine 75mg and will be working my way up on that. Exercise, eating healthily and relaxing doesnt seem to help the sleepiness out
  4. Not that I'm aware of. I'm like this all the time, doesn't matter what situation I'm in or whoever I'm around. I've got no problems at the moment either. I still live at home with my parents, I don't really get along with my father due to his alcoholism but I get along great with my mum but she has COPD and other long lasting illnesses. I don't think these are a problem though and when I had my own place, I was still like this. I'm wondering if my mental health issues have manifested themselves into the sleepiness instead of hating myself etc. I just feel like it could be something else that is causing everything. But then again, I've been obsessing for months over what it could be, possibly even years, and never come to a conclusion
  5. Hi guys, If some of you have seen some of my recent posts, you'll see that I'm struggling big time with extreme sleepiness, no matter how much I sleep. I've never really had this as severe as it has been in the last few months, despite having depression and anxiety for years now. Ive just come back from the doctors, and she mentioned that despite how severe I am, I function very well and can communicate very clearly and talk like nothing is wrong whatsoever. She said this is interesting as she only ever sees people with mental health difficulties who are very down and can't communicate well. This got me thinking is depression and anxiety the primary issue? I'm depressed and anxious, with the sleepiness being the worst symptom, but all I want to do is get better, enjoy life again and look forward to things and despite all this, I still feel suicidal. I also don't hate myself or feel guilty and my appetite isn't really affected either, yet I'm severe with everything else. Is this normal? I asked her if it was and she said she'd never really seen extreme sleepiness in people with mental health issues, but that because mine has gone on for so long, my brain has got tired of it all. I try exercise everyday, try to keep myself busy and eat healthily and that's never worked when I read all these things should help me out? I've also never really had any antidepressants work for me (about 4 or 5, I'm now restarting on venlafaxine and going to a much higher dose than I was on when I was last on it) So, to reiterate, can you feel extremely hopeless, anxious, tired, sleepy, helpless, down with crying spells, loss of confidence, but then also not have your appetite affected, not feel guilty, not feel worthless and want to enjoy life again? Thanks for reading and in advance, for helping me out with your replies
  6. I've been pushing for an appointment for 2 years now whilst i was still able to work and go out and do things. Haven't been told how long the waiting list is but it angers me that it's taken until I'm at my worst and had to quit my job, move back in with my parents and split up with my gf until they've finally referred me. I've also been told i have to wait 8 months for therapy as the waiting list for that is massive. It's unbelievable how much you have to cry out for help and make a nuisance of yourself to be heard. One thing i didn't realise until recently is that my depression manifests itself in other ways than sadness and feeling low. I've been extremely irritable for long periods and when i read about depression in men, it says that's how it's shown. Again, i wish I'd known before I've got this bad as i would have pushed for help more. I cannot wait until i get out of this and start enjoying things again
  7. Unfortunately, i have gone downhill quite rapidly in the last few days. My sleep is all over the place now and I'm waking up every hour. My anxiety is through the roof 24/7 and i can't control it no matter what i do and I'm starting to have suicidal thoughts which i never have. Booked an emergency doctors appointment yesterday but all they told me was to hang on in there and to wait to see the psychiatrist. I'm crying out for help and all i ever seem to be doing is waiting. This acute episode has gone on for 5 months now and in that time, nothing has happened treatment wise apart from me constantly going to the doctors and asking for help. I just want this anxiety and tiredness to end or even lessen :(
  8. Subliminal, I'll have a look into melatonin. Never taken that before. My problem doesn't seem to be getting to sleep as I'm that tired, i fall asleep straight away, it's more the quality. Would melatonin help with that? Lauryn, i took a small dose of zopiclone last night as i was desperate for some deep sleep. I only ever seldom take them. Managed to fall asleep about 11pm,wake up at 7am and unfortunately feel as tired as i did before i went to bed. I'd love to end this hell of unrefreshing sleep right now. Is it a common thing to experience this? I only have ever read about people who struggle to get to sleep and experience tiredness
  9. Thank you virvellan. I'm just so desperate to feel better and feel awful. I'll take your advice and use it. Thanks again
  10. Thanks for your reply. I would say I've tried to be active in the past. Cycling, going for long walks, football, gym, the job that i had was very active. But i still feel this severe tiredness. My eyes feel so heavy and I never get refreshing sleep. I'm seriously losing my mind over it. I've looked at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and asked my cousin about it as she struggles a lot with it. I don't seem to match the diagnosis though. I don't get muscle aches, pains, sore throat, swollen glands. I just get the extreme tiredness and unrefreshing sleep. I feel like it's making my depression and anxiety so much worse and i don't see anybody else having these problems to this extent when i Google it. I feel so helpless :(
  11. Hi guys, Been suffering from anxiety and depression for about 4-5 years now. Had some okay periods during that time but for the last 3 years, I've had tiredness in my eyes and unrefreshing sleep. At the moment, my anxiety and depression is really bad and I'm experiencing tiredness like i never have before. Even if i manage to get a full 8 hours sleep, I'm still absolutely shattered the next day. I'm currently on 10mg of citalopram which I've been on for a little while now and been up to 30mg which didn't work. Just tried pregabalin for my anxiety and that didn't work either so in the process of coming off that. I've tried sertraline, escitalopram, venlafaxine. Also tried fluoxetine and mirtazapine but had bad reactions to those. The tiredness is really getting to me and i don't know what to do. I think it's down to me not getting good quality sleep even when i do sleep fully.I've had blood tests come back clear and a home sleep apnea test come back clear as well. I've tried all the sleep hygiene things as well. I truly feel like i'm going insane with the tiredness. It's affecting so much what i can't do and has made me housebound. Does anyone have any ideas? Please? I'm so desperate at the moment
  12. Hi guys, Been a member of here for a good few years. My depression and anxiety are probably at the worst they've ever been in the 5 years I've had problems. I've tried citalopram 30mg, escitalopram 20mg, sertraline 100mg, fluoxetine 20mg, mirtazapine, venlafaxine 75mg, all with no effect. I'm now battling with the worst daytime sleepiness probably because of all of this. I've just entered the IAPT service in the UK and am on a waiting list for CBT and am on a waiting list to see a psychiatrist, neither of these I've ever done before. Will i ever get better? I'm losing hope rapidly as I'm just getting worse and I've tried so many medications. I feel completely treatment resistant and the worst case out there. I'm worried that because I've been battling this for so long, it's too reinforced in my brain to ever recover from. How can i try and get a bit of hope and know if it is possible to recover from all of this?
  13. Thanks for your replies. John, i don't have a pdoc. Been pushing for one for ages and i still can't get a referral. Virvellian, I've had most blood tests done which all came back normal, apart from a borderline deficient vitamin d. I did have glandular fever a few times when i was younger but i dont remember being tired after recovering. Part of my anxiety is very obsessive and health orientated. So because I'm really tired and exhausted, i look for the worse case scenario, which is CFS because there is no cure or proper treatment, and then i think I'm gonna have this tiredness for life. Then that fuels the depression and anxiety more. I keep obsessively searching for the symptoms of CFS. I do have the debilitating tiredness, but i dont seem to have the muscle aches or fever or anything like that. And yet i still seem to think the fatigue is due to that. I can't stop the anxiety regarding it :s
  14. Hi guys, So I've been battling tiredness for the last few years alongside depression but i had a big relapse in my depression and anxiety and I'm experiencing unbelievably relentless tiredness. My eyes are stinging and hurting because I'm that tired and I'm yawning a lot. I've become obsessed that I've got chronic fatigue syndrome and that the recovery rate is very low so I'll never recover from this. My doctor says he doesn't think it's CFS and that my depression and anxiety is causing it but i just don't believe it. Does anyone have any experience of CFS and would be able to give me some advice or tell me if this is CFS. I'm not bed bound, can still do most things but my depression and tiredness in my eyes stops me
  15. I am seeing a counsellor but i just seem to be getting worse and worse and it's terrifying me. I don't know what to do :s the fatigue is unbelievably debilitating but I'm terrified I'm going to go crazy and lose it. I wish i knew how to get better :s
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