For as long as I can remember I have been constantly tired regardless of how much sleep I have had - I have been to see a doctor about this in the past who put it down at the time to stress (my mother had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer). I have also never been a cheerful person & would describe myself as having a melancholy disposition. I do not have an close friends & although I am in a long-term relationship I do not feel I can talk about how I am feeling. I have just started studying for my Masters part-time & often find myself falling asleep in lectures. I am finding it difficult to cope with the work largely due to a lack of motivation. I am concerned that I might be suffering from some sort of depression but I am reluctant to go & see my GP only to be told that it is stress again. I have tried to be more active & joined a sports club a few months ago but it doesn't seem to have helped. Physically I am generally well but do suffer from headaches & IBS.
You need to understand that stress and depression are not two categories / diagnoses. While Depression is a condition, stress is often the accompanying factor / cause that leads to the condition.
You will need to consult a mental health professional such as a Psychiatrist. There are specific symptoms that help us diagnose. If clinically depressed, you might need a course of medicines to help you get back on track.
You have mentioned about lack of motivation. I suggest you dig in deeper and find out what your dreams and goals in life are. If you haven't give in a thought yet, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Ask good and constructive questions to yourself about your career, academic progress, future plans, purpose of your education, etc. I am sure you will get some real answers. The answers may not come to you suddenly. But as you start getting more and more of them, your motivation will increase in leaps and bounds.
You should also find out if you have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may lead to a disturbed and non-refreshing sleep with daytime drowsiness. Get your thyroid hormones checked for any abnormal levels.
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