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Felt withdrawn or avoided social activities you usually engaged in?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.