Coping With Depression and Fatigue
Living with depression is an everyday struggle, getting through your daily routine can be hard enough as it is, but more so if you’re trying to cope with fatigue.
Why Does Depression Cause Fatigue?
Depression and fatigue often go hand-in-hand as fatigue is a common symptom of depression and can make you feel worse if you don’t find a way to tackle the problem. You may believe that your lack of sleep, energy, and motivation is just a part of depression that will pass over time. However, these things may be part of a bigger issue which is known as fatigue. If left untreated this problem may become more severe and more difficult to treat as it progresses.
The combination of depression and fatigue can decrease your concentration, motivation and ability to do many every day simple tasks, leading to issues with work, education and even personal relationships. It may be that you do not even realize that fatigue is part of the problem at hand.
You may find it hard to keep up at work, leading to higher levels of stress or negative emotions. Studying may also become harder and more intense if you lack the necessary concentration or motivation to attend classes, hand in assignments on time and revise for your exams.
Light exercise and daily tasks may become the most daunting part of your day. These examples of fatigue work alongside depression and can decrease your progress in recovery and treatments if left unacknowledged.
My Personal Experience With Fatigue and Depression
From personal experience, I did not realize fatigue affected me and that depression alone was the source of my issues whilst studying at university.
I found it difficult to concentrate on essays, found myself very tired and exhausted just by going to the shop or a class and was late quite often to work, lectures and social events because of this. It wasn’t until these occurrences were pointed out to me by a friend that I noticed it may not just be my depression causing these problems.
It is important to first acknowledge that there may be something interfering with your sleep, body & mind as well as depression and to tackle the cause before it becomes a bigger issue.
Understanding the Symptoms of Fatigue
Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between people diagnosed with depression and fatigue. The most common symptoms said to be impaired concentration, irritability and reduced productivity. Other symptoms may include:
- Low energy/tiredness
- Increased effort to do physical tasks
- General weakness
- Decreased mental endurance
- Slow thinking
- Feeling overwhelmed, bored or low