C. Waking Too Early

WAKING TOO EARLY

The strongest indication of depression comes from the early morning wakers!

Depression

At least 80% of depressed people experience insomnia.  They have difficulty falling asleep or more often – staying asleep.

In fact, early morning awakening is a virtual give away of depression.? Another 15% of the depressed sleep excessively.? There is speculation, that it is more than just a symptom of depression, it may in fact unleash the mood disorder and or be an early indicator of it.   Sleep researcher Michael Perlis Ph.D. thinks so.
Source:  Psychology Today.

The first thing we recommend is to establish whether your depression is related to prescription or non-prescription medications, alcohol, recreational drugs etc.  For some leads in this area please refer to Side Effects of Prescription and Non-Prescription Medicines. It is possible, for example, that a drug you have been prescribed (e.g. for lowering your cholesterol levels) may have a side effect for you of depression, and you may have to speak to your GP about the alternatives available.

Please refer to the sections on Depression, and Loss, Grief and Shock.

Depression needs attention, do not ignore it – be brave, ask for help.

To establish if your medication has a relationship with depression, anxiety etc – put into the Google search bar the name of your medication followed by depression, anxiety, etc.

e.g. yourdrugname depression

yourdrugname anxiety

yourdrugname sleep

See if any research or comments come to your attention.

If they do, ask your medical practioner if he/she has better alternatives.

And also ask your health care professional (or Google-search) about the combinations of drugs you are taking.

Depression
Loss, Grief and Shock
Anxiety, Phobias, Irrational Fears
Stress

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

Depression –
www.beyondblue.org.au
www.depressioNet.com.au – which includes a 24 hour email service

Post and Antenatal Depression Support and Information
www.pandsi.org.au

The National Association for Loss and Grief (NSW)
www.nalag.org.au
Email info@nalag.org.au
Phone (02) 6882 9222

Domestic Violence:
www.australiasaysno.gov.au

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS AND FREECALL NUMBERS:

Depression and Mood Disorders Association
Phone: (02) 9816 5688 Freecall 1800 674 200

SANE Australia Helpline:
Phone: 1800 688 382 (9 – 5pm weekdays)

Postnatal Depression Helpline:
Phone: (02) 9794 1852 (24 hours) Freecall 1800 655 961 (NSW only)