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    Hi!
    At the end of January I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I was then put on antidepressants.
    Since being on these for about 5 months, things have started to get better.
    However I have noticed that my mood cycles between being ok and feeling down again. I have frequent mood swings, am easily irritated and angered by the littlest of things and sometimes for no apparent reason, and I am still experiencing the lack of concentration and motivation.
    I also have strange sleeping habits, sometimes I oversleep and other times I barely sleep at all but don't feel as if I need to and don't feel tired.
    I wanted to know if anyone has experienced anything like this before and if anyone has any suggestions as to the explanation for this and what I should do.
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    Hi!

    This sounds exactly like me. I've been on antidepressants and anxiety medication for about 18 months now.

    Unfortunately, these are side effects of some medications which most people experience. If you're really concerned, go to your GP and see what options are available to you. Because I was experiencing sleeping trouble, I was put on antidepressants that were more sedating (mirtazapine), to help me sleep. I've also started CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and my therapist will be giving me techniques to help me sleep/relieve stress during our next session (beware of long waiting lists, though).

    I've found that my anxiety medication helps me sleep too. Sometimes I don't sleep easily because I'm uncomfortable and very hyper aware of feelings and noises when I'm stressed (such as my heart beating, or birds tweeting) and so having my anxiety meds help to stop this and allow me to relax and fall asleep.

    I've also experienced periods of sleeping TOO much. It's okay to have a lie in now and again, but I know how frustrating it can be when you have plans for the next day and you physically cannot get out of bed! Again, mention this to your GP, but you need to give yourself a break sometimes and don't beat yourself up when this happens. It's really not your fault.

    In terms of motivation and concentration, this is really dependent on circumstance. I'm nearly at the end of my second A2 year after dropping out due to severe depression and my main motivation is the fact that it will all be over soon! I can't wait to go to university, so focusing on my end goal really helps, but obviously there are still ups and downs. As for concentration, I've recently started wearing ear plugs in exams. I feel silly, but even the smallest noise distracts me, as, like I said earlier, I become hyper sensitive to noise when I'm agitated, so this helps block all of that out and allows me to concentrate. I also try to revise in 15/20 minute bursts and then cuddle the dog/check social media/close my eyes for a few minutes so I'm not over working myself. I find that this has helped with revision, but I don't know how applicable all of this is for you, sorry!

    Message me if you need to talk/ask me any questions.
 
 
 
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