Why Is Depression Worse In The Morning? And Does It Get Better ?

Question

Asked by rotciv

Why Is Depression Worse In The Morning? And Does It Get Better ?

why is depression worse in the morning and does get better

Answer

It's a perfectly good question. There may be several reasons why depression feels worse in the morning. The first relates to your pattern of sleep the previous night. Many people with depression have sleep disturbances and when they do sleep, their pattern of REM and dreaming can be different to non-depressed people.

However, depression isn't always worse in the morning. Some people feel worse in the evening and others say their moods are low but consistent.

I think if low mood or depression is an issue in the morning there is little doubt that thought processes will play a significant role. Depression is exhausting anyway, and the thought of another day with all that it may involve is something that even non-depressed people find effortful.

Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS