I wanted to start a discussion about the two biggest problems I'm experiencing while suffering from depression to see if anyone felt the same.
Firstly, eating habits, when I first slipped into depression I hardly ate which has caused me to become underweight and I've gotten that used to being hungry that I tend to ignore it for ages until I end up pigging out on very calorific food. I find myself stuck in a cycle where I feel like I don't have the energy or motivation to prepare and eat three meals a day which obviously makes me feel more drained of energy so it's just a downward spiral. It also has to look very appetising in order for me to eat it which is usually unhealthy food.
Secondly, sleeping patterns, I feel tired pretty much all the time, I think the most I've ever felt awake since becoming depressed is only for about five hours at a time, and those periods seem to be few and far in between. Even though I feel tired I can still struggle to get to sleep, then when I am asleep I dread waking up again. I almost feel like a dead woman walking a lot of the time. My actual sleep has changed as well, it's never restful sleep, it sort of feels like I slip into another state of consciousness and it takes a lot of effort to bring my mind back to reality when I wake up. When I am asleep I either dream about nothing or I have very strange, slightly traumatic dreams. I had a nightmare the other day that terrified me so much I woke up in cold sweats, shaking and crying. It was just so vivid it felt like it had actually happened and I had to keep reassuring myself that it was all a dream.
Would appreciate hearing about anyone else's stories concerning theses issues or what the biggest problems you're facing at the moment because of you mental health.