Extreme lack of motivation and tiredness

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   Posted 10/25/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
First let me give a quick history about my depression-
I was diagnosed when I was 15 years old and I'm currently 19. I have been taking 40mg of Lexapro daily for my depression. Throughout high school it worked pretty well for controlling my symptoms.
Last fall I started college and everything fell apart. I self-harmed a few times over the course of the school year. Most significantly, though, I found that I had no motivation to do anything, and I stopped going to classes all together. I just slept all day and stayed up all night. I ended up taking a medical leave so I wouldn't flunk out.
I was given Wellbutrin over the summer to combat these symptoms, but I had terrible side effects and stopped taking it. However, the depression symptoms vanished when I was at home as opposed to living in the dorms at school.

I started school at a different college this fall, and I am feeling extremely lethargic and unmotivated recently. I can't bring myself to go to class or do homework, and I mostly just sleep. This is especially bothersome because I really enjoy the classes I'm taking, and I love learning. I'm even a MENSA member.

I'm not able to get to my psychiatrist to discuss possible medicine changes for at least another few weeks, and I am stuck on campus because I have no car here and my parents can't drive up and get me. I am still just taking 40mg of Lexapro daily, bit clearly it isn't helping these symptoms.

I was wondering if any of you have advice on what I should do next. Thanks for your help. :)

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   Posted 10/25/2011 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you call your psychiatrist office and let them know what you are going through? Maybe the nurse could help you if he/she has one. It is really important that you get ahold of them to get you through the next few weeks before you can see them. Tell them it is a crisis situation.

There are numbers in our depression resources that you might want to call when you are feeling in crisis. Please do look through them. It is the second thread on the forum. I think it is a good idea to get some support right now. Do you go to any counseling? I think it would really help you. You might want to get a physical to make sure that there isnt something else going on. You could have chronic fatigue. Though you said that you feel better when you are home so it could be stress.

Do take care of yourself. You need to be proactive with your mental health and get ahold of somebody.

Keep posting and do take care.

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   Posted 10/25/2011 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll see if I can find someone on campus to help me out, and give my psych a call.

Is there any way to get tested for chronic fatigue? I've always just assumed it was a depression symptoms, but I'd like to make sure it's not something more.

Thanks so much for your help. :)

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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   Posted 10/25/2011 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Is the residential experience something you are not enjoying, since you said you enjoy your classes? That may play a large role in your symptoms. If you did well at home, is there a college nearby that you could commute to as opposed to living on campus?

College campuses also have counseling services, and usually have at least one licensed psychologist. Talking it out might help, and they may even be able to find a better medication for you through health services if that's something you want to continue.

I know what it is like to lose motivation. I have suffered since I was about 12, and just graduated with a bachelors degree last December. It was rough. I had planned to go to grad school but I lost all motivation to study for the GREs and get my applications together, so I am just working now and trying to get back into the swing of things and apply next year.

This forum is a great resource, and I encourage you to keep coming back and chatting with us. It can be therapeutic to type it all out and receive feedback from people who have been there, or are currently experiencing it.

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   Posted 10/25/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish I had the option to live at home, but my parents are against that. So I have to live on campus. I'm currently trying to get a single room though, because living with a roommate stresses me out.

Hopefully this week I'm going to try and find someone on campus that I can talk to about this. And if I'm lucky, maybe I can get new meds while I'm here instead of waiting to go home over Thanksgiving break.

Thanks for your input! And congrats on getting your bachelor's degree! :)

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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   Posted 10/25/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Applekat and welcome to the Depression Forum,

Why not go to the infirmary at the university and ask for help? That's what they're there for, and you need help, as you say.

Changing roommates in the dorm is an excellent idea. Since you are a real intellectual, you will enjoy immensely having the privacy of your own room. I assume your parents are able to afford the increase in cost if you are going to stay in a similar room and will be glad to assume it. I wonder if a single room will be comfortable for you? (I kept my daughter in a double-occupancy room after her roommate failed first semester her freshman year, and my daughter just loved having the room by herself--so much more privacy for study, etc.

I would think the psychologist on campus will arrange for you to
be medicated as soon as possible.  He could forward your record to the appropriate physician to check for chronic fatigue  I would suspect that you might have mononeucleosis from exhaustion. 
Remember, the first year is always the toughest . After that, you're going to be meeting and sharing all kinds of intellectual pursuits and extra-curicular activities with sorority members and other friends.

Take care.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 10/25/2011 9:03:04 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/26/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome.  I have suffered with depression since college so I can totally relate.  I just wanted to ask you how well do you sleep?  I have been going through a bunch of tests to find out why I'm so tired even when I feel well.  I have had two sleep studies.  Last night was the second and they had me sleep  with a cpap machine with the mask over my nose.  I thought it would be so uncomfortable but I got a great night of sleep and woke up alert at 5:30 am.  That never happens. 
Anyway, there  could be some other medical conditions to look into.  I know you have probably heard this before but sleep, diet and exercise are so key to keeping balanced.  Its hard I know.  I hope you can find someone on campus to help you.  You will be surprised where you will find support once you open up to someone you can trust.
wishing you well.
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