I accidentally sleep for 14+ hours. What's wrong with me?

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I'm a 16 year old high school student, and I don't know what's wrong with me. I take 100 mg (used to be 200 but worked my way down) of zoloft, and that's all when it comes to medication. Sometimes I come home from school, fall asleep at 3 PM, and wake up at 6 in the morning. Just happened last night, and now I have to tell two of my teachers "sorry for not doing my homework, I just slept through my entire downtime from school day to school day". I don't feel it right now, but in previous times where I've slept for a long amount of time, I've woken up and I'm still tired. Is there something wrong with me? How do i fix this? For reference, this has happened (14 or more hours) 4 times now. 12 or 11 hours has happened more times than I can count (on weekends I sleep through alarms and wake up late morning, even if I go to bed around 9). Another thing; I almost never get "too little" sleep. I'm not in sleep debt, because the majority of nights I sleep from about 9:30 PM - 6 AM.

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    hi Steph,

    Please know im 37 and clearly remember the same school sleeping..

    i did exactly the same in year 11/12 -i was anorexic too so exhaustion is normal.

    after 5 stints in the best rehab in NSW, i have now met the beat psychiatrist ever! As an outpatient at the same Clinic,

    within 2 mins he diagnosed me with bipolar type 2, rather then the anxiety meds , 12 types in 10 years! Such as Lexapro, Prozac, cant remember all of them , im on Venlefaxine forDepression for 3 years now, My psych says its bad for Bipolar/ and its a scary antidepressant as the withdrawls are so bad i lose my mind!

    I would find an excellent Psych. ask about Bipolar and ADHD. the meds i take for this focus me they do keep you focused, awake all day/ night so if diagnosed take in the morning other wise you will

    t sleep!!

    also, let me know how you go as this hard 10 years may be avoided:))

    My bipolar 2 meds are effective within 2-3 days.

    Lomitrigine 400 'mg and at night time Latuda 40 mg:) best help and now im a new happy person

    Cat xxoo

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    This is not really abnormal behaviour for a 16-year-old. We all go through periods of sleeping a lot at that age. In your case it may be made worse by the Zoloft.

    I'm wondering why you're taking this medication (which I assume was prescribed by a doctor). You don't say what the underlying condition was. However, whatever the reason you're taking it for, you shouldn't stop abruptly without medical supervision.

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      It sounds as if you're on the right track. Given your age, I honestly wouldn't worry about the excessive sleeping, as long as you've discussed it with your doctor. I'm sure this will sort itself out over time

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