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Sleep deprivation as an anti depressant

Posted by Alex01 on October 4, 2001, at 4:38:17

Am wondering if anyone has any knowledge on why it might be that my usual depression/anhedonia anxiety problems are helped by sleep deprivation.

If I am short of a few hours sleep I feel, for a day or two, much brighter, my mind is clearer and I feel more emotional (as distinct from normal flat nothingness), I even manage to cry, which I consider a an achievement.

I do feel the usual tired symptoms, aching body, harder to concentrate etc but for a while it does great things for my mood and clarity of mind. After a day or two though I crash and just get tired.

Is it endorphins? Something else? A Dr once said it was about the brain readjusting itself in some way. If there were a med which could replicate the effects I would be very interested.




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