Constant tiredness or fatigue is a common complaint from depressed people. Does it affect you?

The good news is that you will not always feel this way. It will pass.

To answer this question for you I looked back to my months of depression to try and discover why I felt so tired all the time. And yes! it did pass.

These are the reasons I can think of:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Not having a job
  • Loss of enthusiasm about living
  • Not knowing what to do with myself
  • Tired of the relationship I was in
  • Lack of money
  • Smoking pot
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor nutrition
  • Not knowing how to get out of the depressed state of mind
  • Pharmaceutical drugs

My observations of others suffering from Mental Illness:

  • Dependency on cigarettes
  • One patient told me “I just want to get back to work”
  • One patient said to me “I want something exciting to get me out of bed in the morning”
  • Loss of interest doing what they liked doing before
  • Staying in an unhappy relationship and not willing to let it go
  • Although lack of money may cause depression, not all poor people are depressed
  • Substance dependence can arise as a result of regular use of substance to lift mood
  • I found that exercise can provide some relief, however slight, others don’t even want to try
  • Many patients will eat junk foods and unhealthy snacks because they are just not motivated to cook or prepare healthy meals
  • A patient with mental illness often cannot get outside that state of mind to gain an objective viewpoint about the illness
  • Some of the patients complained that their medication was making them tired

Finally I once came across the theory that depression was connected to inflammation and I do remember one particular day when my body did feel as though there was inflammation throughout. Inflammation is an immune reaction and there is a connection between the gut and immune system.  So a bad diet would put your gut microbiota out of whack! Interesting hey, that Probiotics and Paracetamol could have helped?  Well, too late to try now!

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  • Reply Shannan May 21, 2020 at 19:18

    I have total lack of motivation…. but I am working on it!

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