Fatigue, like stress and occupation, has become a typical condition for many people. A feeling that is characterized by extreme tiredness and low energy usually occurs after a particularly mental, emotional or physically debilitating experience. (Think: restless work path or illness.)
But this is not always temporary or indirect. Fatigue may also be a symptom of a greater problem, like depression. In fact, fatigue occurs in more than 90% of people who live with a mental state according to 201
In order for someone to have depression, and not just general fatigue, "some of these symptoms should be present for most days, for most of the day, for at least two weeks, "said Don Mordecai, a psychiatrist and national leader in mental health and well-being at Kaiser Permanente. vigilance and reward system, "Mordecai said. This means that the disease physiologically affects your energy level
Another reason is that depression adversely affects sleep . so deeply, "said Sari Chayt, a clinical psychologist from Massachusetts.
Depression also affects motivation, making it physically and emotionally debilitating for simple tasks. Dressing up for work, buying products or greetings with colleagues, you can feel monumental to people with depression. In addition, depression can cause fog in the brain, Chait added, so someone in depression should spend even more energy to make decisions or focus on work.
The relationship between depression and fatigue may become cyclical. "Depressed people who push themselves to spend their day can, in turn, experience more fatigue, which can make them feel depressed, and the cycle continues," said Chait.
themselves, in order to go through their day, can in their turn experience greater fatigue, which can make them feel even depressed, and the cycle continues to go "
– Sari Chait, Clinical Psychologist
" more likely rather, it will be a possible symptom of depression than a cause, "Mordecai said. However, regularly getting tired of chronic stress, chronic illness or sleep disturbance, such as sleep apnea or insomnia, can make you more susceptible to depression .
"If someone is tired all the time for some reason, they probably have a difficult time to fully participate in their lives," said Chait.
This can lead to less communication, a decrease in attention at work or changes in appetite or training, so it is critical to improving your overall well-being, whether it is extraordinary fatigue from depression.
"If someone is tired all the time for any reason, they probably have a hard time for full participation in their lives."
first try to determine the root cause of your fatigue, said Chait. Take inventory of your latest habits, routine and soul. If you can tired of your tiredness to a particular issue – for example, stress, lack of sleep or illness – try to start making healthy lifestyle changes.
The most critical is sleep. Most adults require at least seven to nine hours of high-quality sleep every night, Mordecai said. To get a calm sleep, try to avoid caffeine after noon and limit the consumption of alcohol before bed, he advised. It's also a good idea to hide technology before bed, because the blue light from smartphones can interfere with the production of melatonin and complicate it.
Then study your workload and calendar. If you are feeling stressed or burned, "try to set limits and make changes to make sure you do not strain yourself," said Chait. This may include the abandonment of social obligations and rigorous work projects or the initiation of a weekly self-help practice. It may sound insensitive when you are tired, but "engaging in regular physical activity can lead to an increase in energy levels ," said Chait.
After two weeks of feeling exhausted, "you should consider getting professional help to determine if it is depression and initiate treatment," said Chait. – said Mordecai. But many other people may need a combination of procedures, such as therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication. And this is more than good. Remember that getting results is time consuming and you may need to experiment with different options. "Working with your primary health care provider or mental health professional can help you get started with the treatment that works for you," Mordecai said.
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