Dysania and Depression: What’s the Connection?

I have talked about my experiences with Dysania on this website. Dysania is an anxiety disorder wherein you find it almost impossible to get out of bed in the morning.

Yes, you can’t get out of bed even if you have a test coming up, a job interview or a client meeting. You won’t get out of bed even if that means losing your job or a new contract.

This is self-sabotaging behavior at its worst. Is it linked to depression?

Dysania and Depression

Dysania may or may not be linked to depression. Understand this: Not being able to get out of bed, wanting to sleep throughout the day is one of the symptoms of depression, but Dysania is not a form of depression.

Someone who is a Dysaniac may or may not be depressed. When you suffer from this condition, as I did, you may not be necessarily unhappy with your life and your circumstances. But for some strange reason, you cannot get yourself to get of bed in the morning.

We don’t know why that is. Nobody really knows why Dysania happens to the most normal people. It happened to me and I have discussed how I overcame Dysania in this article.

Depression, in my opinion, is far a far more serious psychiatric disorder. The therapist I went to was able to cure my Dysania by simply asking me to take one Serotonin tablet every night before going to bed. It certainly worked for me, but there is no way to tell if it can work for everyone.

What about depression? My honest answer to depression is that it is a serious brain disorder, caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression is not so easy to get rid of. It requires a comprehensive psychiatric treatment that could take months.

I am not an authority on depression. If you think you are suffering from depression, then you must seek out help from a trained psychiatrist without delay.

Depression is a dangerous condition and is referred to as a “silent killer” because of the number of depressed men and women who commit suicide. Dysania – It is a serious anxiety disorder, without the doubt. But it is nothing quite like depression.

I wouldn’t want you to have either Dysania or Depression, but given a choice, you would be happy to have Dysania and not Depression.

Let’s discuss 4 positive ways to get over Dysania.

#1: Just Show Up.

Back when I was a kid, I was drafted into the long distance running team. Not because I was talented or by any means athletic, but because my school had a policy that stated that every child had to be a part of some sporting team.

The talented ones made it to the football, basketball, soccer, tennis and other fun and exciting teams. Those like me, who were at the bottom of the barrel, were sent to the long distance running team.

As you might imagine, none of us were really looking forward to our sessions and invented every excuse in the book to stay away. But our coach, who was an ex-military type, made sure to talk to our parents and told them clearly that he wouldn’t listen to any excuses from them on our behalf.

He said, “Just show up!”

That’s what we did. We showed up, whether we liked it or not. We started running. In the beginning, we ran half-heartedly, but we showed up. With every session, we got stronger and faster. By the end of the school term, we actually started enjoying the running and had no trouble turning up.

That I believe is the right way to go about your Dysania problem. Just show up. Don’t worry about anything else. Get out of bed, no matter what the voices inside your head tell you. Be strong, be courageous and like my coach, have zero tolerance for any excuses.

#2: Go for a quick 30-minute run.

No matter how you feel, put on your running shoes and go for an early morning run. This is a technique that has always worked for me. I have always felt better after going on a quick run. Any cardio activity leads to a rush of adrenaline and triggers the release of happy hormones called as endorphin. This will clear up your mind and charge you up for the rest of the day.

#3: Make It to the Shower.

There is nothing like a shower in the morning. A good shower relaxes you and rouses you from your state of slumber. It takes away all the stress and the anxiety and makes you feel instantly fresh and rejuvenated. It’s really very simple, try it.

#4: Have a Good, Healthy Breakfast.

The breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a good, wholesome breakfast with a lot of eggs, a protein shake and a couple of fruits will give you the energy you need for the rest of the day. Remember: Stick to proteins, avoid carbs. Carbs make you feel drowsy later.

That’s it. That should be enough to get you out of bed in the morning and arrive at your school or office on time. These simple steps have helped me overcome my Dysania and I am sure they can help you as well.