So I'm only 19 and for the past 4 months have been suffering from depression and extreme insomnia. Nothing I do seems to help me overcome this. I truly feel I am dieing :(
ArmaniTsunami ArmaniTsunami
22-25, M
1 Response Aug 18, 2014

I understand where you are coming from. I have severe depression, myself, and it really affects my sleep (actually, I haven't slept, yet, since it got really bad on Saturday). Are you on any anti-depressant medications? Untreated depression usually lasts at least 8 months. I am sure you don't want to go through that for that long.

I was given amitryptyline but that doesn't seem to help at all ! I'm only depressed and so hopeless because I simply cannot sleep, it's ruining my life. Sad part is I'm ready to give up and I'm only 19.

Not being able to sleep can definitely bring on depression, but not being able to sleep is also a symptom of depression. If you can, try talking with your doctor again. Let them know that the meds aren't doing anything (they tend to take up to 4 to 6 weeks before you really will feel anything, so if it hasn't been that long give them a little longer) and see if you can get on anything else. The SSRIs (like Paxil, Lexapro, and Zoloft) are generally strong and safe.

As far as giving up, I have felt the same, many times. The only thing that has stopped me has been feeling like I have responsibilities and (to be honest) being so depressed that I don't have the energy to do it. I can say that depression is a cycle and things will always get better. Not to be a downer, though: people with depression tend to have recurring episodes, as well, so just be prepared. But like I said, it does always get better.

I hope so, i just feel so alone. Everyone around me seems so happy and normal. I just feel like a zombie, so exhausted tired and sad. I just called my doctor and scheduled an appointment and called a therapist. I'm hoping I can truly sleep and return to my normal self. I've always been so happy and optimistic.

Good luck! I hope that you will find some relief from all of this, as well!

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