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Is it normal if I have depression to never feel energized, no matter how long I sleep for?

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Last Updated: 06/24/2019 at 6:28am
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July 4th, 2016 9:22am
Lack of energy is characteristic of depression, meaning the "tiredness" you are feeling is completely normal when you are depressed :) doing small activities like drawing or washing dishes or some stretching exercises, whatever you can manage while in low energy state, can help you manage your mood and get you going a little :)
March 5th, 2015 10:01pm
Yes, well I'm pretty sure it is because I have had this, It may be because you are tired of other stuff too
March 5th, 2015 9:48pm
Yes - that's possibly one of the most obvious symptoms of the condition. It's important to maintain a good amount of sleep - try not to exceed 8 or 9 hours, as it can make you feel worse.
April 6th, 2015 9:07pm
It is. Depression makes you feel tired. But it's not a kind of exhaustion that craves for sleep, it's a wearness craving for peace...
May 18th, 2015 5:43am
That is definitely a normal biological response to depression. There are so many chemicals in our brains that aren't functioning correctly when we are going through depression.
May 22nd, 2015 7:40am
This is a common symptom of depression, and one of the hardest to deal with. Try taking exercise. Walking in the fresh air is particularly beneficial.
June 3rd, 2015 2:23am
Yes, it is normal, I feel like that a lot and I have depression. Your not alone, stay strong! Xoxo ❤️
June 17th, 2015 4:22am
Yes, sleep just makes you want to sleep it wont help energize you. I encourage you to walk in nature like a park or something, breath the oxygen and the green of the trees helps to or talk to friends, go shopping, staying inside, specially if you sleep will probably make your depression worst.
November 27th, 2015 12:03am
Yes this is one of the symptoms of depression. You tend to feel low, lack energy and always suffer from fatigue despite having plenty of sleep or even too much sleep. When your mind is struggling, your body will have trouble keeping up.
January 25th, 2016 1:23am
Yes depression will trick you in to thinking you have no energy because maybe you are calling out inside for help and nothing else matters.
February 8th, 2016 3:47pm
That is one of the most common symptoms! Lack of energy is one of the tell tale signs. Consult someone you trust.
June 13th, 2016 8:52am
Yes, those the symptoms of depression and we can talk about how those effects have impacted your life for sure.
August 15th, 2016 8:18pm
Yeah its normal since the mind feels tired/sad and the body manifest that, it's not a matter of how much you sleep
October 31st, 2016 1:28am
It is certainly normal. Symptoms of depression do include fatigue, demotivation, big time. For more information on depression, feel free to read this informative guide, which also includes some great questions you can ask yourself, and tips for coping with depression: "Understanding & Overcoming Depression"
February 15th, 2017 3:02pm
It is within the norm of depression to feel that way. In fact, it's considered one of the diagnostic criteria to have abnormal sleeping and/or eating patterns as a result. If your mind is racing, try and find a good book kor movie to help relax.
April 24th, 2017 12:20am
Indeed it is. It is a feeling of fatigue. When we are in such a lowered energy everything with the body will begin to lower as well from energy to emotions, to response, to overall wellbeing.
November 7th, 2017 12:42am
Depression can take up all of your energy and leave you feeling fatigue. Depression fatigue is a real thing. They often say that people who are depressed don't want to go outside, and don't want to get out of bed. It's almost as if there isn't enough sleep available in the day to break out of this fatigue. You are not alone in this, and there are listeners on 7Cups who haven dealt with depression fatigue who can help talk you through what you're experiencing.
February 19th, 2018 10:18pm
It is very normal. I have experienced this and it felt like I can't do anything. I did not have the energy to get out of bed, take a shower, or eat. BUT, things will get better. I personally have to take medicine to help uplift my mood and energy. But there are other ways you can help yourself: eating well, exercising, or simply taking short walks outside. I know that seems impossible to do when you're in a depression funk, but try it even once. One step at a time. And you'll eventually get into the habit and feel more energized.
June 24th, 2019 6:28am
Yes, this is one of the key symptoms of depression. A lack of energy that makes you want to go back to sleep all the time is very common. It is part of the chemical make up of your body, particularly in your cerebral cortex, being 'depressed' rather than 'stimulated' or 'energized'. There's a complex mixture of chemical stimulation your brain needs to regain your feeling of being awake, alert, and motivated. Exercise can help release some of these chemicals, called endorphins into the blood stream. Other activities like doing art, listening to music, & dancing can release them too. It takes a long time to build up enough of the chemical stimulation in your brain to feel 'normal' again. So be patient, keep trying and talk to your doctor about how best to regain your energy levels.