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May

Depression is a state of mind whose dimensions are misconceived by common men. It is commonly used to just denote sadness but it is not as simple as that. Depression indicates a mental condition of a person where the feeling of anxiety and unnecessary despair take over the general well-being. Though the causative factors for this phenomenon have not been completely traced, there are some elements which contribute towards it. These factors generally include unease or restlessness and lack of interest in pleasurable activities that can be an indicator of many psychiatric syndromes.  Depression can kindle many other physical problems as well and is often associated with fatigue, which in itself is a serious health issue demanding proper attention. There is a powerful relationship between depression and fatigue i.e. both can be the cause and consequence of each other. Baseless physical and mental fatigue may be a precursor of depression and also a consequence. For further details on this connection, browse through the next section! 

Symptoms

  • Depression is when a person encounters hopelessness, anxiety, lack of concentration and more adversely, develops a pessimistic attitude.
  • People undergoing depression often go through severe physical and mental fatigue which in turn leads to loss of interest in doing daily activities.
  • Such people often lose efficiency and therefore may prefer to refrain from doing anything due to lack of confidence. They often develop an inferiority complex, which in turn complicates their condition.
  • Fatigue leads people to sit alone for long stretches and also refrain from group activities and outings due to lack of confidence in facing others. This behavior leads to even more mental fatigue and demands immediate attention.
  • Symptoms of fatigue due to depression vary from person to person and it is not necessary that all symptoms occur simultaneously. Depression may be expressed just as lack of happiness and a lethargic attitude but if that persists for more than two weeks, it can be counted as a symptom of depression.
  • A fatigued person often loses the ability to think and concentrate, followed by problems in decision making which is often referred to as ‘brain fog’. Remember that lack of physical energy needs to be taken care of as much as depression in a physiological sense.
  • An unhealthy body leads to reduced confidence and vigor which are the primary stages of depression. Tiredness also results in loss of appetite and the subsequent lessened intake of food eventually ends up in depression and other problems. Some people consume more food during this period which leads to weight gain. Significant weight loss without a deliberate attempt can be considered as a symptom of fatigued depression.
  • People undergoing fatigue and depression may experience mysterious and unexplained mock pains which soups up their suffering. As the root cause remains unidentified, it is impossible for a physician to cure the pain unless the problem is pin pointed.
  • People may experience difficulty in sleeping and may spend entire nights without sleeping. Insomnia leads to lack of rest thereby intensifying fatigue which in turn intensifies stress.

Remedies

  • Depression is a pure psychiatric issue which cannot be addressed by a general physician and hence consulting a psychiatrist is advisable. Getting counselled and identifying the problem is one of the best remedies. Emotional support is extremely important at these times.
  • Yoga and mediation is next in line. Practicing breathing techniques combined with physical exertion forms a ‘perfect workout for your mind and body’. This way your body does not feel famished or fatigued of exercise.
  • Medications must be the last resort as they have side effects too. A good point to note here is that anti-depressants have their benefits but can cause more serious complication. Mock pains must be treated with placebo or some other dummy pills.
  • If medications are required then Serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Tricyclic antidepressants are used and the dosages are readjusted accordingly. However, these medications must never be taken without prior consultation and should be complemented with periodical counseling and behavioral therapies.
  • Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) is a procedure which involves introduction of short electric pulse to the scalp of the person under treatment. This technique is adopted in case of ineffective medication or in some special cases in which usage of medicines is considered inappropriate.

Fatigue due to depression is a purely psychic disorder and its manifestations are physical. Symptoms will vanish if the root cause is addressed properly!