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  1. Wow, That really helps. Thanks for the detailed input. I have to be honest. I only started getting these symptoms a couple of years ago and although the lack of energy and Hypersomnia can be quite debilitating they are not impairing me. You seem to be struggling a lot. I'm currently in London and this winter has been quite harsh on me. I'm originally from Portugal and the weather there is awesome. I also have a good social support back there, something I haven't managed build up since I've arrived here in London. I'm currently taking 5HTP but it's not working. I heard in another forum that the current brand I'm using is actually really watered down and many people that have tried other brands say that this one doesn't work. Well. I'll manage. Once again, thanks for the insight and I hope you get significantly better.
  2. Hello Loved Victor Frankl. The most uplifting book for me. I'm a big fan of fiction and I remember a handful of brilliant books or movies that would definitely help: Italo Calvino - If on a Winters Night a Stranger - Tells the story of a reader that keeps finding the first chapter of several books but never manages to find the second or subsequent chapters. The story then moves into his own story and his quest and how his story is what's important. Very light and comical. A must. Douglas Adams - The hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy - Oh god. Just Hilarious. Good times. Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - The Adventures of Hucleberry Finn - There is no going wrong with these two classics. Movies: By far the most uplifting movie for me - The eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind - Just pure awesomeness. Pan's labyrinth - Nice fairytale like story. Awesome special effects with no CGI! It's all done with make-up and prosthetics! Very Good. As good as it gets - Brilliant comedy. Jack Nicholson at his best. Amelie Poulain - French Movie. Visually gorgeous. Best Soundtrack ever. Extremely uplifting. If you're into animation you must definitely watch the Miyazaki movies. Howl's moving castle and Spirited Away are my favorites.
  3. I'm not still not really sure what type of depression I have although the closest definition would be anergic depression. Coincidently I found a co-member (that hasn't posted in some time unfortunately) that has exactly the same symptoms and even more coincidently, we kinda started having depression through the same source (Stress at work and sleep deprivation). Unfortunately, he claimed to become better after taking ATP-20 which isn't as readily available where I'm from. The other problem is that SSRI's have no effect on me whatsoever. I'm assuming MAOI's would help but I don't want to go down that road, since some side effects can be particularly life-threatening. So want I would like to know is, how have people with anergic depression been dealing with it, in particular have any supplements helped you guys? Anergic Depression - Loss of energy, Hypersomnia, Difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite. Supplements I might be considering: 5HTP, Valerian root, Rhodolia Rosea, St. Johns Wort, Vitamin D, Vitamin B's, (anything else that worked for you) Thanks!!!!
  4. I'm also new here and I also have some problems but comparatively it seems I'm doing much better than you. From what you have said it seems that you gained weight, have loss of energy and sleep alot. From what I've understood so far the hypersomnia is kinda related to your fatigue: the oversleeping is caused by very deep REM that will actually make you more tired than usual. Specially after you wake up. Since I'm not a qualified doctor I can't really tell you what to do. My only advice is to take a look at Chromium as a supplement, but before taking please consult a qualified physician since this supplement is more helpful for people with atypical depression symptoms. Also, hang in there, cause things can only get better.
  5. Hello. I've also been with the exact same symptoms and coincidently they started pretty much the same (stress at work and disturbances in my sleeping patterns). I've also tried the several supplements with no results.What i would like to ask you is, can you tell me if you have anymore symptoms? do you have carb-cravings and weight increase? What supplements did you try, and what were the effects? I tried St. Johns Wort, Chromium and 5HTP, all to no effect. How did you feel when you woke up? Tired and started feeling slightly better after a couple of hours?
  6. Well, I get bloodwork done every 6 months and they're fine. It's nothing physiological. I did a battery of tests when I was first diagnosed and everything was more than fine, in fact, I've got the health of an athlete if based solely on my bloodworks and tests. It's also interesting that whatever I have doesn't seem associated with my mood. I'm always in a great mood, I have a healthy social life, I don't get particularly angry or sad, except for a the anhedonia where i kinda just lose interest in things extremely fast. I stay in bed a lot even during the day, but the fatigue and consequent back aches I get from the fatigue leads to that. I don't know about dysthymia. How does one usually treat it?
  7. Sorry for answering so late but I only joined the forum now. Apparently Hypersomnia happens when you're going through too much REM making you oversleep. By having negative thoughts and stress your body creates too much stress hormones which leads to a very heavily induced REM sleep. Unfortunately, while having REM sleep you're actually not recovering properly, since it's slow-wave sleep that helps the body recover, and we're not getting enough of that. I'm trying different supplements to see which can actually help fight this type sleep problem. I just tried Chromium but that didn't work for me, but it might help you. Also gonna try 5HTP and see how that goes. Artur
  8. Hi there guys Well, let me start off by saying the following: I'm a 31 year old archaeologist. Been working back in archaeology in Portugal for the past years. The weather there is nice and the food is awesome, but as you guys know, at this point, Portugal isn't doing to well financially and I never managed to make a decent living back there. Not directly due to the nature of my profession. I know load of architects, engineers, lawyers that were making less than me. I'm currently in London doing an MA in Archaeology and the Winter here is just ******* me. I started getting depression during 2009 and in early 2010 I started taking 100mg of Cipralex (an SSRI). That kinda helped for a time but it never really made me better. At this point I'm trying supplements. I tried St. Johns Wort for some time but that didn't do anything. I tried Chromium but also nothing and today I'm starting with 5HTP with 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night. My main symptom are: Hypersomnia - By far my biggest issue. Keeps me sleeping around 11 to 12 hours a day which really interferes with my work/study.I wake up really groggy and tired, like I ran a Marathon. I guess I'm getting to much REM. Fatigue - Specially in the morning during the first couple of hours. It kinda gets better during the evenings but nothing substantial. Anhedonia/Lack of motivation - Not really interested in anything, and the fatigue doesn't help either. Lack of appetite - Complete loss of appetite, but not losing weight. On the contrary, been gaining weight steadily. I'm pretty slim though, at 1.85m and 84kg, which makes is pretty healthy. Some stress and anxiety but nothing too problematic. At this point I'm not really sure what type of depression I have. I've ruled out diabetes and hypertyroidism. The doctors I've visited all say different things and I was expecting someone with similar symptoms could share some ideas. I don't think it is melancholic depression since usually SSRI's work with that stratum of depression and melancholic depression is usually associated with some trauma (relationship, loss of kin, etc) and it doesn't last as long. On the other hand atypical depression is usually associated with most of my symptoms but not with loss of appetite, much on the contrary, people with atypical depression tend to have high BMI's and carb cravings, which I don't. At this point I'm not really sure how to fix this. I remember once, a couple of weeks ago, I went out for drinks, got a really bad stomachache that kept me awake till 7 in the morning. I woke up at around 11 (so 4 hours later) but feeling completely refreshed and in an awesome mood. I guess having slept little and going through less REM helped! So I'm guessing that whatever is keeping me depressed has to do with my Hypersomnia and disturbances in my sleeping patterns. Anyone else with these problems? Anyone know how to improve their sleep? Artur
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