Posted by Beatrice on February 10, 2004, at 1:24:57
In reply to Re: SSRIs, emotional blunting, and love, posted by Jem on October 29, 2003, at 21:25:54
Long, deep sleeps have been a standard part of my minor depressive episodes. When down, I would need to go to bed, stay there for as long as necessary, and eventually I would recover.
But I've just "gotten over" the first major depression of my life - it was categorically different from anything previous. After trying 3 Anti-Depressant's that did not help me (zoloft, celexa and wellbutrin), Effexor did. I've been on 300 mg Effexor SR for about 18 months.
My mood is much improved (when I am awake, that is). My level of interest in things is atill pretty low however, and I have no energy most of the time. The most troubling remaining symptom is incredible sleepiness. I have difficulty remaining awake, and can often sleep 18 hours a day, for many days in a row. The unpredictable and overwhelming need for sleep prevents me from returning to anything approximating a normal life.
Today a consulting psychiatrist told me I have "anergic depression". As far as I can tell, that's just another way of saying that I have no energy! Duh.
I understand that it is far more typical for people with depression to have insomnia. Is there anyone else out there who sleeps way too much? If so, have you been able to figure out why you oversleep? Have you found any strategies or drugs that have helped you WAKE UP or STAY AWAKE?
Has anyone found Effexor to cause tremendous sleepiness?