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Georgette0824

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Hi I'm Georgette, I was diagnosed with depression nearly 10 years ago and have been treated ever since. At first, it was assumed to be caused by an event and I was prescribed anti-depressants (citalopine) and sought counselling. In 2012, I had some sort of breakdown and walked out of my job. A GP changed my anti-depressants to Sertaline and I had access to the mental health team. My assessment there led to a psychiatric appointment and a referral to an Autism specialist who diagnosed me with a high functioning Autism spectrum condition commonly known as Aspergers. My antidepressants were changed to Venlafaxine 150mgs in 2013 and I'm still on this dose. I was advised that I'll be unlikely to ever come off medication.
I got back to working life in 2014 and am practically full-time. I can manage my role though it isn't without its challenges. I have a good relationship with my GP and see him every six months.
However, my own time is a mess. I sleep for hours. At first I thought this was a side effect of the Venlafaxine but the GP ruled this out as I would be sleeping whilst at work. A nurse said it is my way of blocking out life. All my health practitioners have said I must get out of sleeping my free time away but I am struggling to do this. Does anyone else suffer from acute tiredness and how do they manage it?
 
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Jules5

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Welcome to the forum Georgette. I have had mental illness since my 30's. Sleep was the one comfort that would soothe everything stressful over. You have to learn how to de-stress yourself without sleeping if it has become a problem. Sleep is good but not if it is interfering with your life. Dozing off means you must be avoiding something or life. Or maybe you are low on a vitamin. Sometimes are eating habits can throw off the balance. Wishing you the Beat No Fears and No Worries Love and hugs Jules
 
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Georgette0824

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Welcome to the forum Georgette. I have had mental illness since my 30's. Sleep was the one comfort that would soothe everything stressful over. You have to learn how to de-stress yourself without sleeping if it has become a problem. Sleep is good but not if it is interfering with your life. Dozing off means you must be avoiding something or life. Or maybe you are low on a vitamin. Sometimes are eating habits can throw off the balance. Wishing you the Beat No Fears and No Worries Love and hugs Jules
Hi Jules, thanks for sharing your experience with me.
My mental health illness started in my mid/late 30s the excessive, day time, sleeping started later in 2013 when I started on venlafaxine.
I don't eat very well through exhaustion, as I either sleep through lunch or wake up too late to prepare a nutritious meal in the evening. I do find it hard to manage the increase in appetite the medication creates and find making healthy choices harder.
I will try a vitamin supplement and look up some relaxation techniques.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Best wishes, Georgette
 
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