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Old 09-27-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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I use to have this feeling quite often, especially on my days off. After I sleep 7-8 hours, I wake up feeling little tired, not yet of full energy. I get myself coffee. After that coffee, I feel like more physically awake but more mentally sluggish. It only seems to help physically but not mentally. I tend to have some mess in my room everyday, that I rarely clean. I just don't like cleaning, figuring out which papers, letter I need to keep and which ones to throw. The worst to me is sorting into appropriate separate folders, by credit card statement, by health insurance, etc. It seem to confusing and time consuming. Usually I just throw away old statements and pay online. I also seem myself to be slow, and everything life seem to go past really fast. I seem to easily get distracted by environment. I was once diagnosed with depression which I was treating with mild stimulant, Wellbutrin xl until after one year and half I discontinued with approval from my doctor. However I was never seeing psychiatrist due to costs. I had one prescribed by internal medicine doctor. It seemed to help little but not much. Could it be that I have ADHD or something? I have trouble making friends, I always have had. Well I do not speak English as first language, its my second but it shouldn't have big impact on how others perceive me, should it? I remember I had trouble making friends as younger in home country so its nothing really new. Also since I discontinued Wellbutrin, I feel "dumber", seems to me like I am getting back to "myself" which I don't like it but it also let me sleep better, relax more and have less headaches. Headaches are rare but I had more often under this medicine. While I was under this medicine, I had those lethargic feelings too, at times they have been worse. So I am not sure what it is. Maybe its depression that maybe I still have but don't know it? Maybe its other mental disorder. Maybe its just the physical effect of my unwanted social isolation? Where should I seek help?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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Maybe its just the physical effect of my unwanted social isolation?
Very likely. An active social life is a crucial ingredient for happiness and the reverse is true.

Other things that have been proven to help, that you should try before drugs: Exercise, helping others, sunlight, healthy diet, praying, meditating.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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Have you had your thyroid checked ever?
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:37 AM
 
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yes, its mild hyperthyroidism, I had it checked by specialist and for now there is nothing really serious to have therapy, its very mild.
But on other side what I had mentioned, is I started working night shift, 13h x 3days a few weeks ago. But I had those lethargic feeling when I worked days, though days seemed to have worked better for me.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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It could be sleep - maybe sleeping but not getting a "good" sleep...
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Or it could be depression - Look for counseling in the phone book. Some county health departments have low cost counseling. Ask around. Counseling can also help you learn how to find friends.

And it could be work. Some places are depressing to work at. Some management types "play mental games" with employees to get more production out of them.

And could be something physical - check with your doctor.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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yes, its mild hyperthyroidism, I had it checked by specialist and for now there is nothing really serious to have therapy, its very mild.
But on other side what I had mentioned, is I started working night shift, 13h x 3days a few weeks ago. But I had those lethargic feeling when I worked days, though days seemed to have worked better for me.
Hyper is fast and hypo is slow and makes you tired. If you have mild you hypo you need medication your thyroid effects everything in your body yes even your heart.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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Hyper is fast and hypo is slow and makes you tired. If you have mild you hypo you need medication your thyroid effects everything in your body yes even your heart.
No, I don't have hypo. And as I mentioned, I had it checked by specialist who knows better that I don't need any medication yet than anyone on this forum.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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But on other side what I had mentioned, is I started working night shift, 13h x 3days a few weeks ago. But I had those lethargic feeling when I worked days, though days seemed to have worked better for me.
Say no more. It's the third shift. If you have some existing depression, it can get worse with the night shift. If you don't have existing depression, it's easier to develop it. I don't have a good answer, because I've worked nights for years and do not want to work days, even if I could get a job, and probably couldn't. My job has never had straight evenings (second shift) and that works best for me.
Sleeping during the day, even if you sleep "enough," doesn't give the same deep sleep as at night. Being awake all night and into the daylight sets off all sorts of adrenaline/cortisol issues and that makes you fried, not sleepy.
Again, if this lethargy hinted at depression before working nights, then anti-depressants might help. Try to remember that third shift work is just really hard on a person and that it's not that you are disorganized or that you are dumb or whatever- night shifts make it very hard to have "activation energy." I mean, if the ceiling suddenly fell in on you *right now*, you'd move, and fast. But if you have to plan to, say, clean out a closet or something, it's very hard to get and keep going. I don't know why this is, but I know it to be so.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Try b12 supplements and multi. Get into the the sleep and exsercise routine. Read a good book. I hope you feel better soon. :-)
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