Are you feeling tired and unfocused during the day? This could be the start of a chain that begins depression. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that men with diagnosed sleep apnea are more than twice as likely as other men to exhibit signs of clinical depression, such as feeling hopeless and uninterested
in everyday activities. The picture was even worse among women: A sleep apnea diagnosis increased the risk of depression symptoms fivefold.
"We're underdiagnosing this problem," says Carl Boethel, M.D., a sleep specialist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Temple. "Physicians in the sleep community and in the psychiatric community need to do a better job of screening and getting effective treatment."
We believe this statement is true and based on the success rate of our patients we too fee that many sleep apnea patients are not being diagnosed or misdiagnosed so they do not have hope of getting themselves better. Give us a call and find out if you could be a patient that can be helped.