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Difficulty Sleeping

Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

Sleep disturbances are common symptoms of depression. A “good night’s sleep” becomes virtually impossible. Many people complain of waking up in the middle of the night with their mind racing, wondering how they are going to overcome all of the obstacles before them. Others do little other than sleep but never feel rested. In both cases, the built up fatigue can aggravate every other aspect of depression.

Rene Ruballo“Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night, and I just couldn’t get back to sleep. A feeling of hopelessness would just constantly nag at me, and I couldn’t get to sleep.”

—Rene Ruballo, Police Officer

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