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Posted by: Shelby | 2007/11/29

Was this depression?

Hello,

I breast feed my baby for 6 months and he drank mostly every hour. Needless to say I did not get much sleep. I started hallucinating, seeing odd shapes and the devil sitting by my bed. I also had old dreams coming back into my head, as flash backs, whilst sleeping and awake.

Do you think this was depression or just plain sleep deprivation?





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Sheer exhaustion and lack of sleep can have effects such as you describe, and this is a more likely explanation than Depression. And of course a good way to check it is that after some days of good normal sleep, the symp[toms would go away if this was caused by sleep deprivation, and not if it were depression, even although you'd probably feel somewhat better anyway

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