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Subtle positive mood changes, just my imagination?
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I was talking on another forum about OSA, some guy mentioned that he wasn't as depressed after he started CPAP therapy. I thought about it and have found the same. The effects were subtle, but I definitely seem less irritable and depressed since starting therapy. And the days that I somehow screw up my treatment seem immeasurably worse: sleepy, irritable, and depressed.

Am I imagining things? Placebo effect?
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#2
nope it's real. I also experience
nice to see you smile
I like you better happy
it's been a long time since I saw you like this
You have a great laugh

took me a while to notice it myself, but friends and family were much faster (I also have more interest in getting out and doing things)
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#3
Disturbed sleep can really mess with the neurotransmitters.

That's why sleep deprivation is and has been used for centuries as a method of torture and "enhanced interrogation."

PAP therapy removes much of the disturbance and brings balance back to the neurotransmitters and their receptors.
So, improved mood is a very real effect of treating sleep disordered breathing.

So, smile Smile laugh Too-funny and enjoy life.Banana
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(12-16-2015, 02:17 PM)Weird Tolkienish Figure Wrote: I was talking on another forum about OSA, some guy mentioned that he wasn't as depressed after he started CPAP therapy. I thought about it and have found the same. The effects were subtle, but I definitely seem less irritable and depressed since starting therapy. And the days that I somehow screw up my treatment seem immeasurably worse: sleepy, irritable, and depressed.

Am I imagining things? Placebo effect?

Nope - very common effect, and perhaps one of the greatest benefits of this therapy. My wife in particular says I'm in a much better mood and more patient with her and our daughter. I still think I lack in patience, so I must have really been a nightmare before!

Glad to hear things are going well - helps to keep you motivated when you see the benefits! Smile
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#5
Being rested or not rested makes a WORLD if difference for me.
I'm literally like two different people, that's why I'm trying so hard at this.

When we are tired all our symptoms crop up.
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#6
Hi Weird Tolkienish Figure,

It’s great to hear that you are noticing improvements with your CPAP therapy.
Keep up the good work.
trish6hundred
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#7
After 12 nights on CPAP - I feel my spirits have been very much lifted - I didnt realise that I was feeling a bit depressed and anxious about my situation and my ever elevating Blood Pressure readings until my blood pressure has plummeted to normal levels. I was so so happy and relieved at the instant results that I have been experiencing. Dancing

Today, I am feeling dizzy when I get up from sitting and lying down - which I am very careful about now until I see my family doctor about perhaps decreasing my BP meds.

It was told today by my Sleep Clinician that Apnea can cause depression (not chemical depression but sleep deprivation depression).

I feel that I am back to my normal happy self with only the odd blue day here and then when an upset has occurred Smile
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#8
One thing to watch out for is the purely mental/psychological/habitual/behavioural hangover effects of apnea.

There are definite physical/chemical effects of apnea. A lot of us give up on many things when we're beaten down by apena.

Once you adequately treat the apnea, your body may heal, but you can still be "stuck in the rut" of your life under the influence of apnea. You may have to "wake up" and realize that you are more able to do things and don't need to have such a bad attitude. You may need to cultivate new activities. You may need to force yourself to get up out of the recliner now that you physically have the energy to do so.
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#9
Definitely NOT placebo effect.

I cannot tell you how much of an effect CPAP therapy has on my attitude and general well being.

I'm very consistent with my CPAP usage, but last week I went 2 straight days without it (I went out of town and forgot it at home Oh-jeez).

After those two days, I was noticeably more grumpy, less motivated, and felt downtrodden. That had me sold. CPAP definitely makes me more chipper.

Sometimes you forget how good your CPAP is really making you feel.
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#10
My biggest problem after starting CPAP is trying to fill the day with fun activities, since I no longer need several naps. It's a tough dilemma, but I'm working on it.
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