Sleep and eat well could be the symptoms of depression. Why?​



We often observe a person diagnosing with depression through some external symptoms such as being unhappy, talking less, losing appetite, and losing weight. However, there are other symptoms that people are not aware of including an increase in appetite, weight gain, and long sleep. So, a healthy-looking person does not always mean he or she is healthy.

Professor Yim Sobotra, psychiatrist and director of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse of Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital

Professor Yim Sobotra, psychiatrist and director of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse of Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, in a health workshop on the topic “Depression and Anxiety” hosted by Lotus Radio said that: "Just because the person eats and sleeps well and looks healthy, we assume that he or she is healthy; however, some are distressed but still can sleep well.” This kind of depression is called “Atypical Depression” which we should be cautious.

This type of patient usually feels erratic, mentally, and emotionally impaired, sluggish, and loses social contact. Mostly, they sleep too much, sometimes they can sleep for almost the whole day, besides, there is an increase in appetite which leads to weight gain.

The doctor mentioned that the use of drugs to treat depression is different, so just because other patients use it and it turns out effective does not mean we can use them too, we have to consult with the doctors first. Moreover, patients should change the way they live by going out and stop using drugs.

By: Hon SreyNit 

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