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Old 2nd December 2017, 10:35 PM   #16
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Yes. I have it. Depression is not always like depicted on TV or the movies. It can cause anger and insomnia as well as other symptoms too. Talk to your doctor and he will have you try a few medications. The problem I had with that is that it can take 6 weeks before you know if the medication works. If not, then you try another and another. Problem two is that many of them will have unpleasant side effects like clouding your mind, destroying your short term memory, feeling like a zombie, dizzy, sleeplessness, anorgasmia, and like most, impotence.

It took me over a year to find something that worked. I suggest that you tell your doc that you would like to try Wellbutrin first. It is an old school medication that does not affect your sex drive and for me at least, worked well for 15-20 years. I just went off of it again but sooner or later the depression will come back and I will go back on it again.

Despite side effects, medication is worth a try to see if it helps. If it does then it is just a matter of finding one that works well for you with minimum side effects.

However, you can just have plain old insomnia like many people have. Most cannot shut their brains off at night. That can be treated with therapy, sleeping pills or a tranquilizer. I sometimes take an antidepressant that is not a great antidepressant but its main side effect is to make you sleepy so it works for that if you take one before bedtime.

First step is talk to a doctor. I resisted for a long time until I started to fall asleep while driving, in business meetings or while people were talking to me. Your problem can also be sleep apnea. I finally got tested and sure enough I was waking up over 400 times night for a split second. Basically I would suffocate and wake up briefly and then repeat the process all night long never getting any REM sleep so no matter how long I slept, I was always very tired the next day.

As I said, talk to a doctor because that has to be the first step if you want to fix the problem. You may even have to shop around for a doctor that is knowledgeable about sleep disorders. Some refuse to give out pills and I have seen people suffer because they dare not disobey their doctor or find another. Others just get the sleeping pills from friends who can get a prescription for them while others get drunk every night until they pass out. I usually have to go through 3-5 doctors to find one who can help me. Doctors are not gods and half of them finished in the bottom half of their class and are not as good as most of their peers. Keep that in mind.
Great advice, but wasted on a man who is just trying to figure out the texting patterns of his very young mistress.
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Old 7th December 2017, 4:59 PM   #17
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My guess, it's just easier to cheat on her husband when he is sleeping.
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Great advice, but wasted on a man who is just trying to figure out the texting patterns of his very young mistress.
Ouch! No, I was just trying to figure out the texting patterns of my friend. :-)

Anyways, FWIW, it does turn out she just has sleeping pattern issues and needs someone to text with at weird hours in the morning because she is bored online. I have gotten to know her a lot better in recent weeks. She just seems to have various issues around indecisiveness, can't decide what she wants to do with her schooling, can't decide what she wants to do with her life.., misses family.. the list just goes on and on.

I think whats going on is, because of the sleeping pattern issues, some days she looks really rough -- so one thinks she's suffering from depression. I get the impression she isn't depressed. Just messed up sleeping patterns.

BTW.. she is not my mistress and I am not sleeping with her. Give me some slack.. :-)
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As a warning, thread stalking members who are asking innocent questions is grounds for removal. Not cool. Now back to the topic of depression and sleep. Thanks.
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