Staying up until late hours and feeling dizzy while waking up in the morning is what we experience once in a while. But if you are taking enough rest and 6-8 hours’ sleep and still experience the inability to get out of your bed in the morning that might indicate something else.
Mind it, excessive sleeping and excessive eating are one of the common symptoms of atypical depression, a subtype of mood disorder.
Atypical depression is difficult to identify because it doesn’t include symptoms that differentiate it from other major problems. “Instead of trouble sleeping and loss of appetite, you sleep too much and eat too much,” says Dr Gail Saltz, MD, Health’s contributing psychology editor while talking about the symptoms of atypical depression.
Atypical depression is, surprisingly, not only about feeling low. You might not feel low at all and experience excitement for the positive events of good news temporarily. This overlapping makes it difficult to identify the signs reporting atypical depression such as the inability to start a day happily or sleeping way more than one should.
You might have seen people complaining “I’m depressed” without even knowing what depression actually is and other people saying “I have a headache” when it actually is depression. This very psychological problem, atypical depression, is difficult to identify because according to professionals, physical symptoms of depression show up before the psychological ones and people end up getting treated for their general headaches and sleeping irregularities.
“Many people will come to their doctor complaining about sleep problems, or a headache, not realizing that it is a mood disorder because they don’t have low mood,” says Michelle B. Riba, MD and associate director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. “Not all symptoms of depression always occur at once.”
In this situation, you might ask yourself what should you do if you’re getting enough rest but still aren’t able to get out of the bed happily in the morning. To deal this, Dr Riba suggests you talk to your physician about your inability to start a good day. The doctor might ask you to answer some questions about Patient Health Questionnaire that will help him diagnose if you have depression or not.
“Your doctor will probably ask you about when the symptom or symptoms started, and if any big event or change happened in your life at that time,” explains Dr Riba. The doctor might also ask if any of your family members has experienced something similar, how’s your mental health, related symptoms of sadness and depression, if you have any pain or aches, problems with concentration and attention, you have trouble in falling or staying asleep or not or if you’re using any drug to induce sleep.
Atypical depression can surely be treated just like typical depression. But if you’re unable to get out of the bed in the morning, that doesn’t strictly, mean you’ve atypical depression as it’s just one of the major symptoms. It can also signal to other issues such as anemia, a disturbed thyroid condition. Dr Riba suggests you expect general health-related questions from your doctor as well.
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