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FML - The follow-up

Today, I found out I have hypersomnia, which is basically being constantly tired. I've been treated with depression for years because the symptoms are similar. I've failed out of college three times because of this. Now, I think I really am depressed. FML

BeHarsh27 Say more :
OP here. I've been on 3 different depression meds before this. The first didnt do hardly anything, the second made me really moody and pretty much angry constantly no matter the situation, and the last seemed to help some, but not all that much. I had a sleep study not long ago and actually got some concrete results from it. I can fall asleep in minutes (normal is like 15 to 20 I think) and I get to REM sleep in less than 15 minutes (again, normal is like ~1 hour). So its not a problem with me not getting to sleep for the one suggesting pot, lol. As of now I'm taking Ritalin, the second recommended drug for hypersomnia. The "suggested" medication is Provigil, but its way too expensive for me to afford even with insurance. The times I tried to go to school was for music performance. I did progressively "better" each time I went, being better prepared each time, but that still didnt keep me from sleeping too late, missing classes, and subsequently getting so far behind that it seemed useless to go anyway. I'm currently looking into game design schools (level design specifically, not programming/animation) as I got a little burned out on the music thing. Thanks for the feedback, its good to know theres others out there dealing with the same thing I am.
By Anonymous - / Sunday 20 September 2009 05:03 / United States
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By  null_fml  |  11

Ouch. My mom has that too. She's been prescribed a medication that's pretty much the exact same as speed, and it still barely even gets her to a normal level of wakefulness.

By  BeHarsh27  |  0

OP here. I've been on 3 different depression meds before this. The first didnt do hardly anything, the second made me really moody and pretty much angry constantly no matter the situation, and the last seemed to help some, but not all that much. I had a sleep study not long ago and actually got some concrete results from it. I can fall asleep in minutes (normal is like 15 to 20 I think) and I get to REM sleep in less than 15 minutes (again, normal is like ~1 hour). So its not a problem with me not getting to sleep for the one suggesting pot, lol. As of now I'm taking Ritalin, the second recommended drug for hypersomnia. The "suggested" medication is Provigil, but its way too expensive for me to afford even with insurance. The times I tried to go to school was for music performance. I did progressively "better" each time I went, being better prepared each time, but that still didnt keep me from sleeping too late, missing classes, and subsequently getting so far behind that it seemed useless to go anyway. I'm currently looking into game design schools (level design specifically, not programming/animation) as I got a little burned out on the music thing. Thanks for the feedback, its good to know theres others out there dealing with the same thing I am.

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By  null_fml  |  11

Ouch. My mom has that too. She's been prescribed a medication that's pretty much the exact same as speed, and it still barely even gets her to a normal level of wakefulness.

By  suckmorethanme  |  0

its all in your mind, find a new exiting hobby.

By  kiit_fml  |  0

That sounds very similar to what my boyfriend has (he refuses to see a doctor, so I guess we'll never know)... and he failed once, then dropped out the second and third times because he either couldn't stay awake, or couldn't wake up to go. It sucks to have and it interferes with pretty much every aspect of life. I really do hope things get better for you =

By  birds_fml  |  7

I failed out of school 3 times too because I was too tired to go to school. I'm doing great this time, because I'm only taking 3 classes and I don't have a job to go to. Maybe you just need to cut back to the amount of work you can handle.

By  Matus  |  0

Doctors try to make everything out to be depression now a days... I'm not saying that did or did not happen in your case, but it certainly was with mine. Years of being 'treated' for something you don't have, while what you DO have is ruining your life. It sucks. But I hope they can treat you properly now so you can feel better. :)

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  Aeval_Fae  |  0

Thats exactly whats happening to me now. I just got my GED because i could never wake up for school/stay awake. Im being treated for depression atm too but its not doing a damn thing. I've never heard of hypersomnia though... I need to look it up. I honestly hope you get everything back together OP. FYL indeed. Well wishes!

By  xskatebakerrx  |  0

I've got that too. Get a pdoc to perscribe you Dexedrine. Or reevaluate your depression meds (if you're on them) as those can make you very tired. I've had to stop college twice to get my hypersomnia under control. I understand your FML very much!

By  tiancai  |  0

Dunno, coffee works like a charm for me. On days when I don't drink coffee I do feel kinda tired/sleepy all day, but all it takes is a hearty dose of coffee in the morning to make me full of energy for the entire day.

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