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Overcoming Episodes of Depression

I have felt it wash over me like a tsunami seeking to destroy, and at other times it cradles me silently as I try to fall to sleep, inevitably failing as it gags and strangles me till I am numb and empty. When the darkness comes I am lost with myself and an overwhelming sense of failure. Over the past few months I have succumbed to a ruthless depression, similar to the one I lived through in my first and second years of university. The most marked change I have noticed is in my sleep routine: I am easily fatigued, generally lethargic and lacking energy throughout the day. I find it extremely difficult to fall asleep, have restless or interrupted sleep, wake early and find it difficult to fall back to sleep once awake. I have become hypersensitive to noise and temperature and I find things in my environment play a significant role in my ability to sleep. The dreams that accompany the little sleep I do get each night can only be explained as anxiety dreams, stemming predominately from my sense of failure, my perceived inadequacies, and my negative outlook on the future. Beck (1967) demonstrates that themes in our dreams have observable effects in waking life, through our behavior and mental activity. For instance, the individual who dreams of being ugly may demonstrate this belief in waking life with a constant concern over their physical appearance. There are other qualifying features that accompany this depression such as my negative self image, exacerbated only by myself an...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Bipolar Depression Personal Stories Bipolar Disorder Depressive Episode Major Depressive Disorder Sadness Self Image Source Type: news

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Source: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Expert Rev Respir Med Source Type: research
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Source: Minerva Anestesiologica - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Minerva Anestesiol Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Personality - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Original Manuscript Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Category: Addiction Tags: J Stud Alcohol Drugs Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs - Category: Addiction Tags: J Stud Alcohol Drugs Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Disorders Friends Publishers Relationships YourTango Adhd Bipolar Disorder breakup Cyclothymic Disorder GAD General Anxiety Disorder Panic Attacks Psychotherapy Therapist Source Type: blogs
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Source: The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders - Category: Primary Care Tags: Prim Care Companion CNS Disord Source Type: research
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