Depression and Fatigue

| May 24, 2013

How depression and fatigue is related?

Is depression and fatigue the same? Indeed fatigue can be caused from mental stress for why many people think that fatigue is closely linked with depression.

In a broad sense, depression and fatigue are entirely different health disorders. For the last ten years, many doctors have been considering fatigue as a physical disorder which is caused from various reasons including mental stress. However there are also some health-care professionals that disagrees this concept. They believe that fatigue is a condition that is resulted from depression and they treat the disorder itself as depression.

Depression – a sign of fatigue

The symptoms of fatigue are many among which one of them is depression. Most symptoms are physical discomforts. One of the signs is severe tiredness after putting yourself too hard on a physical or mental activity. The victim would experience more exhaustion when a compared to a normal person in the same situation. The sufferer may develop the signs of cold. Restless leg is another symptom in which the patient tends to move his lower legs for relief. He may also experience pain in muscles as well as joints. The risk of viral infection is high. Depression is a common symptom which may further generate severe headaches and occur regularly. Chronic fatigue can cause stomach pain, dizziness and sometimes constipation or diarrhea.

Difference between fatigue and depression

  • Tagging a condition wrongly has no solution when you try to detect and treat it. It is highly essential to know the difference between depression and fatigue. Here are some of them.
  • As already mentioned, depression can be caused from fatigue. However, there are several people that don not experience depression from fatigue.
  • Studies have revealed that those having chronic fatigue experience sleeping problems and some brainwave patterns have been identified in their deep sleep. On the other hand, sufferers of depression do not experience this problem.
  • Patients with depression experience tiredness most of the time whereas fatigue sufferers feel exhaustion upon mental or physical stress.

Finding the underlying cause

Treating fatigue or depression requires determining the root cause as the first step. The underlying reason can be many. Poor diet, vitamin deficiency, anemia, consumption of toxic foods, immune disorders, serious disease and fibromyalgia are some of them. Your lifestyle is another best reason that can result in depression and tiredness. Inflexible work schedule, physical inactivity, inability to manage too much responsibilities, unsatisfactory job and lack of restoration time can result in exhaustion.

Treating the condition

Identifying type of cause, whether physical or psychological can help you choose the right treatment for curing the condition. Take a medical test which can be blood test. If you are suffering from depression, then fix an appointment with a psychiatrist or a counselor. Consider the treatment seriously and make an estimate of how much time you require for the recovery process. If you carry a lot of responsibilities which you find it hard to schedule and manage, then discuss with the counselor. He can give you tips regarding how to sort them out.