If You Have Depression Does It Cause You Constant Tiredness?

@wolfie34 (26793)
United Kingdom
September 1, 2009 7:50am CST
I feel absolutely, totally drained, zonked out, completely! I have woken up feeling that I haven't slept at all, which is not true, in that I went to bed after a good read which always makes me tired, I have had 10 hours sleep which I need and I have woken up again feeling lethargic, drained and have absolutely no energy whatsoever. I am due to go to the gym this afternoon, if it wasn't for my determination and strict regime I wouldn't feel up to going. I am sure it's my depression causing this, I have regular blood tests so I am not aneamic or low blood sugar levels Can anyone relate to the tiredness, lethargy and feeling totally drained through symptoms of depression? How do you deal with the tiredness, do you take anything or do are there techniques or methods to have you feel a bit more lively, refreshed and enthusiastic I woke up thinking hurrah it's September, a brand new month, Summer is nearly over and yet I feel so drained and yukky! Help!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hi wolfie34 Come and give humbug a big old sticky hug!! Aww I do feel for you but having never suffered from depression I don't really understand and I am not going to pretend to either cos that would be just taking the p**s out of you and that's not nice. I do however feel really tired myself. I haven't been as lucky as you to have had 10 hours kip but I am feeling very lathargic. The kids will go back to school on Thursday and I will be able to pick up again. Don't get me wrong I have really enjoyed having the kids at home for 6 odd weeks but I do feel, understandably, drained. Physically and emotionally. When they go back everything will pick up a different sort of pace, boys brigade starts up again, rugby, cubs, college for me, sorting a new car out and have to go back into hospital so it is all go go go!! Hope you find a pick me up soon hun x PS Tesco are doing B&J's Strawberry shortcake for half price at the moment so it is cheaper than Sainsbury's so I have ordered some with my home delivery. You best go get yourself some more, that will help pick you up seeings you've eaten the other lot up already haha
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Thank you for your empathy and a hug, sticky or not would be most welcome right now, I think I am going to dive head first into a nice tub of Haagen Daz after the day I've had. I even walked out of an assessment, I couldn't concentrate or get my head around it. I know you had your handsful with the boys, and I admire you, I think if I had more to keep me occupied then I wouldn't have time to think deeply and contemplate my life too much.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Aww wolfie that's not good. You know I could always do with an extra pair of hands!!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Now that does sound like welcome therapy! Oh and I broke open the haagen daz and managed to polish off 3/4 of it, lucky I go to the gym or I'd start expanding fast the way I'm getting through it, comfort food. Better ring Sainsburys make sure they have more supplies coming in LOL!
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
8 Sep 09
Constant tiredness could mean a lot of things. Yes, depression can cause this, but there are other things as well. For example, getting to much sleep can lead to tiredness. Even though your sleeping, you could be moving around in your sleep so much that when you wake up, your tired as heck. I have fibromyalgia and I'm in a constant tiredness. I guess it comes from being in constant pain all the time. The seasons changing can make a person tired. I think it's because the early sun setting, and it's still dark when we wake up. I don't know about everyone else, but it's getting darker an hour early and it's not even fall yet. Maybe you can talk to your doctor about this. I just wake up and say to myself, ok we have to get out of bed. If I don't, I will have two kids missing the bus and not getting to school on time.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
8 Sep 09
I did wonder if it was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but my GP doesn't think it is. Yes too much sleep could also be a possibility. Mind you it could also be SAD which you can get even in the Summer months, I am not a Summer person and the heat slows me down, so it could be a combination. It's all so draining and I am just fed up with it all to be quite frank.
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
8 Sep 09
After looking up SAD, that could be your main problem. Especially after you said your not a summer person. Fall is around the corner, so hopefully your waking up tired will be soon over.
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
3 Sep 09
Hi! I had depression once when I was working on a call center. I wasn't able to handle the stress and pressure so everyday, day and night, I cry. I'm not quite sure of what are the other symptoms of depression but I believe that tiredness is one of them. When you're depressed your body is undergoing a lot of emotional and mental stress which could also lead to physical stress. I myself had always been very tired during my depression days but I can't really tell if it was caused by the depression itself or just the fact that my job was really stressful and tiring. I didn't take any kind of medication nor have I consulted a doctor about my it. For me, depression is more of like a 'mind over matter' thing. If I'd take medications and my mind is still sulking over sad/negative thoughts then my medications would be of no use. What I did in order to feel lively and refreshed is engage myself in fulfilled activities such as going to the beach or shopping or simply just hanging out with my friends. I also avoided discussions that involve my job -- I only focus on happy thoughts and things. It is also important to know what caused your depression so you would know how to stay away from it. Creating a hobby also helps since it takes your mind off the things that could cause you to be depressed. Most importantly, you also need to focus your mind on positive thinking and also to stay away from negative energies. Lastly, I believe that some relaxing exercises (like yoga) could ease your tiredness, and at the same time, your depression :)
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
3 Sep 09
Hi there, and a very warm welcome to Mylot, thank you for your welcome response, yes I am trying to create interests to keep my mind occupied as it's overly active and I start analyzing, usually negative stuff in my head. I used to work in a call centre and it lead to me having a break down, never again I hate those places. Anyhow I am battling on and reaching out to get help.
@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
3 Sep 09
Thanks! and good for you for reaching out to get help. That's also one way of battling out depression. One should reach out because there are always people out there willing to extend their help :) Hope you'll feel more lively soon! ;)
@patgalca (14414)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 09
I hope you are open with your doctor and tell him/her everything because there may be more than just depression going on here - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for example. You do not indicate that you are in any pain so I'm guessing it is not fibromyalgia. Blood tests will not indicate either one of these illnesses, but will rule out others. If you've had the summer we've had (only two weeks of really warm weather) then you have every right to be depressed! Or perhaps you need to help other people. Helping other people can help you feel good about yourself and lift your spirits. I know I have a total lack of motivation and should probably do more than mess around on the computer.
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@patgalca (14414)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 09
Fibromyalgia pain is usually muscle pain. As the name references the facia (covering) of the muscles. Joint pain would probably be caused by inflammation (arthritis). Either way you should see a doctor. Blood tests will eliminate such illnesses as Lupus and MS. Tender point evaluation will eliminate fibromyalgia. With the headaches in addition to the depression you could well have CFS. Of course weather affects the body, but usually when there is an underlying illness I think. My body aches like heck when it is rainy (I have fibromyalgia) and the barometric pressure reeks havoc on my headaches. I hope you can get some answers from your doctor but be advised, it could takes weeks, even months, to come to a definitive conclusion. Good luck!
• United Kingdom
4 Sep 09
I have definitely noticed this! There have been times when I have been seriously depressed and all I wanted to do was sleep! I don't know the science behind it but depression really does take it out of you. It's sounds to me though wolfie that you are quite disciplined and I could learn a thing or two from you. I'm not so bad nowadays! I have even started learning how to play the piano and I really enjoy it, I'm presently learning the 'Ave Maria', a lovely piece of music. This certainly kicks my depression right out the window! Thankfully I'm able to say that I am able to sleep properly at night now and I no longer feel so tired anymore during the day. Andrew
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 09
I admire you for be able to play the piano and have found something to help, therapeutically. In actual fact I have taken up an Art course at my local college on a Monday and it's starting next week, I am very creative and imaginative so that may help me, I am also doing a relationship course about getting on with others, and getting on with people, so I am gradually filling my time up, as well as going to the gym to keep me busy and my mind active. Music is a wonderful way of relaxing.
@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
2 Sep 09
I've had that happen. I think sometimes what we know we need to do and what we should have done before cancels the other out. It is like living a past life all over again. Several emotions are involved and they just drain you becuase you constantly beat yourself up over what should have been or what you could have done. I think in part is our conscience speaking, but depression can be play a big part of this. It can cripple you if you let it. I do believe that we need to let go, live for today over keep going over and over the should of, could of, would of's. Part of it all is being able to let go and move forward. Depression is a different animal, where it does effect yourself, it also effects you in your day where you don't have that energy to get up, take that shower, change your clothes. You loose site of where you are or how many days have passed. When I fell like what you're saying, it's because I'm going over and over the past. Closure is needed. Amazing how simple that word is but how hard it is to achieve. Depression is an animal. I can overcome you, take you over and you loose site of who you are and what is going on around you. What I read here is past regret, blame and a non closure. I might be wrong here, but it sounds more like issues that are unresolved over the depression animal.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 09
You are very insightful and intuitive, yes it is the past that comes up like an angry aggressive beast to haunt me, I am getting therapy and going to classes to help me. Sometimes I think that antidepressants are the answer usually on a bad day, then I get a good day and think hey I don't need them, are they really the answer? Short term, maybe but I still have the problems there waiting for me if I come off them. So I need to kill the demons of the past and start moving forward. I have a lot of things to work on mainly my self-esteem and sometimes I feel everything is getting on top of me and become overwhelming and then is when I start to feel tired and exhausted and depression comes in. It's trying to deal with too much at once I guess.
@derek_a (10902)
1 Sep 09
Hi Wolfie, It is a known fact that depression and stress can cause absolute exhaustion. I had an experience of this with multiple bereavements in the family. I could sleep through the night, fall asleep in the chair during the daytime and still manage to feel exhausted. Working with just one or two clients a day would take a huge effort, as I had to motivate them to change their lives whilst I felt a sort of pointlessness. Tests proved nothing as with you. I was getting mouth ulcers, one after another and because of these, I went to see a nutritionist that one of my clients recommended. On his advice, the best thing I did was to quit junk food and all sugar based products, and slowly I could feel my body becoming fitter and my mind becoming clearer. Although the physical changes were only a part of it, they helped me to feel more confident that this was not a permanent condition. I then stepped up my meditation sessions and through these more intense sessions started to learn how my negative beliefs were operating in my life. To put it simply, recognizing these beliefs allowed me to let go of them. - Derek
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Thank you Derek, I appreciate your experience and informative responses, I am seeing my GP tomorrow and I have come to the conclusion that I do need antidepressants, I can no longer go on the way I feel, I am heading for a nervous breakdown, I've had one before and it wasn't nice, it is I feel the only way forward at the moment.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
1 Sep 09
Wolfie, do not give in and go back to bed, you'll feel worse, go and do something mindless like cleaning the windows and don't go back to bed.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Hi Thea, Why do you think I am on Mylot so much, you guys are great! Keep me smiling, keep encouraging me, supporting me, what more could I ask for. I am seeing the doc tomorrow and I will talk it out with her, I think I can put off antidepressants no longer. Thank you dear friend.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
1 Sep 09
That's the spirit wolfie, stay up and don't go reading any depressing topics, forbidden today, look for a bit of jollity or you'll start feeling negative and that's the worst. Have you cleaned those window yet?
@vandana7 (65019)
• India
1 Sep 09
Hi thea, for some reasons unknown to me, I dont really feel depressed. Lazy yes, depressed no. And I dont really lie down on bed feeling sad. If I am on bed I am really there to sleep and think pleasant things. I read a lot about depression. In fact I have a cousin who has been thru it. Can u let me know the difference between the two? Laziness, and the need to stay in bed because I am depressed. Frankly, I have no reasons to feel sorry for myself. I have seen many far more badly off than me. So I feel grateful to god for whatever he chose to gave me. And I am content. Would that be some sort of depression?
• Canada
1 Sep 09
I feel the exact same way...sleep or no sleep, I am always tired. Although you work out on a regular basis, WALKING is the best way to re-energize and feel so much less depressed and lethargic since this form of exercise helps your brain produce more seratonin and norepinephrine. These two chemicals enhance the "happy" effect. Try it, you might like it! Luv, Sis
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Hi sis, I just want to go back to bed again, but then I get restless, I always walk to the gym which is 25 minutes walk there and 25 minutes walk back on top of what I do at the gym. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow I wonder if I should talk seriously about taking antidepressants whether that will help me. Huggles x
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• Canada
1 Sep 09
Yup, you may be the exception to the rule. I take Celexa, and it works wonders for me. I'm just concerned that since I've been taking the maximum daily dosage of 80mg plus 2 mg per day of Lorazepam, I may reach a plateau. I dread if and when that day comes but hopefully will be able to find something more effective. Great that you're seeing the doctor tomorrow, please keep me posted. Luv, Sis
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Someone suggested to me that Wellbutrin could help me as it helps with a chemical imbalance. I think what put me off last time I tried so many and the side affects were worse than the symptoms of depression and none seem to work for me. But I guess there are so many now on the market and this was three years ago now.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Sep 09
I'm tired a lot too, not sure if it's depression, fibromyalgia or what. I do find that if I get up and get out and take a walk, I feel better than if I stay inside and don't do anything.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
2 Sep 09
It could possibly be Chronic Fatigue syndrome, I will discuss this with my doctor to see if she can help but I do believe that it's difficult to diagnoze.
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Sep 09
I hope not, that can be really debilitating!
@patgalca (14414)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 09
But with proper supplements (not medications) CFS can be overcome. Magnesium should be checked.
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@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
1 Sep 09
depression is a ugly thing. i suffer from depression myself. it will make you tried and feel like you dont want to do nothing. it will also give you aches and pain as well. my advance to you is seek help, because once you sink really into depression it is so much harder to deal with and get out of it.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
I have been toying with the idea about taking antidepressants, I will talk to my doctor about it. I regularly work out at the gym to help keep the depression away but it seems that at the moment it's not working and I need to know why.
• United States
1 Sep 09
remember once you start taking med it will take awhile to work. and if it starts making you feel wierd let your doctor know about it fast. and also dont just stop taking your meds. you can beat this, i have my depression and my bipolar in control now, still have my days
• Canada
1 Sep 09
You're absolutely right Sy. These types of meds usually take anywhere between 2-8 weeks to 'kick in'. Feeling weird on these meds is not normal. Any new anti-depressant is a trial-and-error process. I know it took me 5 different meds before finding Celexa. I totally agree that staying current with your physician is a must.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
5 Sep 09
That's a big sleep wolfie....you can have too much sleep too you know. When I was younger I found if I slept too long I felt like that...it's possible you don't nee that much sleep. I can only sleep 4 - 6 hours in one stretch most of the time
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
5 Sep 09
I accidentally posted this before I had finished it because the phone rang. To continue... then I have an afternoon kip for about 2 hours and that does me.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 09
Too much of a good thing I suspect, I guess when I come more active again at College and have to get up early then my sleep pattern will change. I am also more alert in the colder months too, the heat makes me tired and lethargic, so hopefully I can see a change.
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
4 Sep 09
depression can make you feel bad in so many ways. i suffer from manic depression so if i was you go to the doctor and talk with them. if you fall really deep into depression it's so much harder to get out of it good luck
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 09
Thank you, I think antidepressants might be an answer for me.
• United States
5 Sep 09
yeah they can or might help. but i would go and talk to your doctor about how you are feeling, or maybe go to mental health. but like i tell people you have to open and honest in how you are feeling
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
it is such a good thing that you are finding means to address your depression. It it true that depression can cause constant tiredness and everything is anxiety-related. One symptom of depression is that you tend to sleep a lot. and even if you do sleep a lot, you still wake up with heaviness. Even if you do have normal laboratory exams, you still feel lethargic. then all fingers would point at depression. I have visited my shrink for this and she suggested that i communicate often, treat myself to a spa, go out with jovial friends and keep yourself busy. Dont worry my friend. This is just a tunnel. and the end of darkness would soon be over for you.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 09
I am still searching for the light at the end of the tunnel but it's a long trip and I can learn and experience good and bad things as I travel the length of the tunnel. I have started an art class and I have found inner talents and inner peace through therapeutic means and this is a step in the right direction.
• Philippines
13 Sep 09
hey wolfie! thats really great! you're in the right track!
@nannacroc (4049)
1 Sep 09
Mr Croc often seems to sleep for days and nights at a time when his depression is at its worst. Maybe it's your bodys way of helping you cope. Once this horrible 'heavy weather' is over I'm sure you'll start to feel better. Well done for giving yourself that push to go to the gym. Take care.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Yes with autumn around the corner and hopefully the promise of cooler weather that will be a pick me up, college courses starting soon too, and seeing the doc tomorrow so hopefully I can talk to her about a way forward and the possibility of anti's because right now I think that is my only option, otherwise I'll head for a nervous breakdown and I've had one before, not nice and that was the start of my depression and getting diagnozed. Gee, one day I will be able to start discussions and respond with 'joy' rather than with 'downers' sometimes I wonder if my depressing discussions are contagious.
@nannacroc (4049)
4 Sep 09
You haven't managed to depress me yet. You make me feel at least a bit useful. Take care.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
1 Sep 09
i have heard this, not just because of the medication but that depression can make you tired and not have any energy nor motivation to do anything. are you taking any sort of meds? perhaps you might want to consult a dr. hugs to you wolfie!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Thanks my friend, I am seeing my doctor tomorrow so I will talk it through with her but I have come to the conclusion that antidepressants is the only way forward for me.
@patgalca (14414)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 09
If the depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications are the only way to go. I know you said you tried Wellbutrin and found the side effects worse. I tried 8 different anti-depressants before I found the one that worked for me. I have been on Wellbutrin for 10 years now with no side effects (except increased libido ). I tried to go off a couple of times because I was feeling good but depression immediately started to sink in again. So I came to the conclusion that it is a chemical imbalance and will probably have to remain on the anti-depressants for the rest of my life.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
6 Sep 09
Hello wolfie. I think that depression makes me feel very tired and lack of energy when it happens to me sometimes because of the stress from my work. It will last a couple of days if I have it in mind, but I always manage to remove it by doing something else to distract my attention to it, a good way for me. Wish you happy, wolfie.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
8 Sep 09
Thanks William, the tiredness is so draining, the weather doesn't help either, I hope to be a bit more active when the season changes and it gets colder.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
4 Sep 09
If you suspect you are depressed, please go see your doctor as soon as possible. I have suffered from depression and without treatment it usually only gets worse. Being tired is one of the many symptoms you will experience.I do not believe there is anything blood related to depresiion. Symptons are mostly physical and it can go on a long time without you suspectuing a thing.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
8 Sep 09
I was diagnozed with clinical depression in 2003, I guess it's hit me real bad at the moment, sometimes it comes and goes, there might be over underlining problems on top of depression as well which is making me feel worst. Thanks for your response.
@bunnybon7 (36537)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Sep 09
my son takes celexa. he says its great. he also takes a dose of liquid vitamin B complex that he got at the vitamin store when hes at work and starts running out of energy. i have taken the vitamin B myself and it seemed to help. but, yes, you should also ask your doctor if you could have chronic fatigue syndrome. i have a friend that has that and also one that has fibromyalgia. some think i could have that because like you no matter how much sleep i get i still feel to tired to do anything. i just seldom go to the doctor. i hate going.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
2 Sep 09
I do actually take multivitamins and cod liver oil tabs and they contain Vit B, I am at least fortunate in that I have a sympathetic, supportive doctor.
• India
1 Sep 09
Hello Wolfie , certainly it is due to depression. Sometime back I used to feel the same way. Even if I have had nice slepp i will feel as though I have not slept at all. Some times when I had to go out after sometime I used to get this fatigue and i had to drag myself along. When I asked my doctor she adviced me to walk daily and try to laugh as much as possible. I watched comedies and started laughing for the smallest may be for some silly reasons. This laughing used to bring my spirit back to normal and I was free. Nowadays I follow the same. Whenever possible I have a heary laugh Have a nice day
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Sep 09
Laughter is sure a good medicine, I do have a wild sense of humour, but sadly it's not often that I do laugh, maybe I should follow what you say and watch more comedies. I do a lot of walking/exercise/training at the gym but even that is not helping the way I feel right now.