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What could cause feelings of sadness, and trouble sleeping?

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Published At April 16, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 16-year-old boy who has been finding life hard for the past few months. I am never happy and I always feel sad. I struggle to sleep and rarely get a good night's sleep. I most likely also think I have ADHD, bipolar, anxiety, and most likely depression. I want to get these facts checked as I believe it is true, but I am scared to tell my parents. I feel they will not believe me or I will upset them. They have noticed that I have been sad and in my room constantly for the past few months. I feel like I am not loved and would love some help and suggestions on what to do.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your situation and concern. According to your description, you may have major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for depression, you should try to follow the below suggestion to deal with it, and that will help you.

1. Do exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk.

2. You should meditate for 20 minutes daily, just sit in one place in a comfortable position, and try to concentrate on your normal breathing, do not stop or force yourself to stop your thoughts, just let it be. it will relax you.

3. You should eat healthy home-cooked foods, and avoid junk foods.

4. You must drink enough water.

5. You should spend quality time with friends and family daily or do video calls if you are living away from your family.

6. You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, and learning new skills or language or musical instruments.

7. You should get seven to eight hours of sleep daily.

8. You must avoid tobacco alcohol or any substance abuse.

9. Live your life, do not just spend it.

10. Be bold and confident.

If you still have symptoms that persist after following the above suggestion for four to six weeks, then you need to start medications for a short duration.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Investigations to be done

CBC (complete blood count), thyroid profile, and vitamin b12 and D3.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


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