Not sure what is up with me. - Sub-Conscious Depression

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   Posted 10/21/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Not sure what is up with me.

I have just been to doctors and she told me I was suffering with Sub-Conscious Depression - where my brain is finding it hard to deal with stuff and therefore causing the below issues for me. I don't feel depressed.

I seem to struggle a lot with sleeping problems. Once Im alseep its great and I can sleep for hours but its the entire process of going to bed which I find incredibly frustrating.

I am married and my wife goes to bed at 10:30pm but Im up now at 03:26am and still not able to goto bed :( I emotionally feel unable to do this.

I have had problems about 2.5 years ago with serious depression illness I had and whilst I got better from that I have always gone to bed late and find it hard to cope a lot and still don't feel 100% better. Since then I have worked in different IT jobs and was also diasnosed with IBS. This has caused me lots of stress to health and work and recently decided to work for myself from home doing website design and web hosting. Whilst the stress has dropped, so has my IBS and don't seem to be having many problems with IBS but this sleeping thing is really getting to me.

I also seem to feel extremely achey all the time and always feeling in pain, having colds and sore thoats all the time.

I feel like I have been ill for the last 4 years.

help me :(

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Christian,

Going through a depressive episode is hard enough, but top that off with IBS, and its no wonder your having trouble sleeping. I'm relieved to hear that your IBS has calmed down since starting to work from home. I have an IBD, so I know about the discomfort that stress can do our digestive systems.

What do you mean by Sub-Conscious Depression? Is this different from a "normal" depressive episode? How does it work? Your sub-conscious is depressed, so it is working to sub-consciously sabotage yourself? That was a lame attempt at a joke. I've never heard of someone diagnosed with Sub-Conscious Depression before, so I really am curious about how they diagnose that.

I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and say that your physical pains and illnesses are manifestations of your mental dischord. I have a tendency of internalizing stress, anxiety, anger, and depression, and sometimes my body aches from head to toe. You say that you feel like you've been ill for 4 years. My first question is whether or not you have a therapist of psychiatrist? Are you currently taking any medications?

Is going to bed so late having a negative effect on your relationship with your wife? If so, that is another piece of stress to add in to the mix. Do you sleep in late, or are you waking early and running on fumes the rest of the day? Have you tried any relaxation techniques to help prepare yourself for bed? Maybe drink some valerian tea, do some relaxation exercises, and then try to go to bed earlier?

Since you have a diagnosis, I guess you do have a doctor. I'd suggest you let him know exactly everything that is going on with you right now, and see what he thinks. He could prescribe something to help you fall asleep earlier if you needed it.

The only person who can really help yourself right now is you. You've made a step in the right direction by opening up here, you should congratulate yourself for that. Now take the next step by getting some medical support to help yourself get through this period. I hope you can get a decent nights rest pretty soon. Take care of yourself my man.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:  Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema every other night, Prednisone (down to 5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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   Posted 10/21/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Christian,

I am so happy that you found the depression forum. I am wondering, mostly because I have it, but is it possible that you have fibromyalgia. It causes aches and pain, fatigue and ibs. Also if you have had tests and everything is coming back normal, usually it is fibro. Just a thought.

Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

Hugs, karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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