Why do I feel flat and apathetic? Why am I so tired all the time?
Depression differs greatly from sadness and normal feelings of being flat or unhappy.
It requires a medical diagnosis and usually is related to a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterises major depression.
It can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms including changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behaviour or self-esteem. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide or self harm.
Symptoms can include:
anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep,
excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness, agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social withdrawal, lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide, weight gain or weight loss, poor appetite, repeatedly going over thoughts and substance abuse
Check if you are experiencing these symptoms using the checklist below.
In the last six weeks have you:
Felt flat or unhappy for no apparent reason?
Found you lacked energy for normal day to day activities?
Felt your heart was racing or overly restless?
Noticed that you were grumpier or more easily annoyed than usual?
Felt withdrawn or avoided social activities you usually engaged in?
Felt “apart” from others?
Felt that everything was overwhelming?
If you have said yes to five or more of these statements it may be worthwhile talking to a psychologist about these feelings.
Are you obsessed with your food or types of food? Do you overeat or emotionally eat? Do you hide and store food in your room? Do you throw food up voluntarily? Do you bounce from diet to diet?
Time to find your mental set weight and stop fighting your body and the fuel it needs to be healthy and happy.
An eating disorder is a serious mental illness, characterised by eating, exercise and body weight or shape becoming an unhealthy preoccupation of someone’s life. It is estimated that one million Australians have an eating disorder, and this number is increasing. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice, a diet gone wrong or a cry for attention. Eating disorders can take many different forms and interfere with day to day life. Eating disorders are categorised as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder or Eating Disorder NOS. Obesity and overeating are also forms of disordered eating.
We have a team of experienced consultants and dietician to help with your eating disorder, disordered eating and overeating.
Relearn what your true healthy weight should be. We can support your treatment to living well and developing a healthy relationship with food again.
Let our team free you from you unhealthy relationship with food.