Depression is still often misunderstood, the symptoms are much broader and subtle than one thinks, fatigue is included in this even though many people often overlook their persistent tired state.
According to HuffPost, “The link between tiredness and depression is not linear and can be challenging to tease apart.” Though there is definitely a connection and one that we should be aware of.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in some way or another, whether you have been fortunate enough to work from home, getting used to new ways of doing things, and your sleep routine going out the window.
This is what you need to know about depression and fatigue:
Fatigue is a very common symptom of depression – Fatigue does not just mean things are physically difficult for you, it can also be a continued lack of energy, where simple tasks seem to take a lot of physical and emotional effort.
The relationship is very complex – When it comes to fatigue and depression, it could be an ‘underlying’ issue that is affecting both. It could be the way that your body is responding to stress.
As previously mentioned depression is still often misunderstood by people, a high number of people with depression have sleeping problems and visa versa, as one condition can lead to the other. Another complicating factor could be medication side effects.
Watch out for a loss of interest – Mental health experts have put a large emphasis on the fact that the symptoms of fatigue that are tied to depression are not always displayed as physical tiredness, they often are emotional fatigue and loss of motivation.
Covid-19 may be adding more stress – Evidence has suggested that the pandemic has been affecting people’s mental health. Individuals no longer have their usual routines and the stress of living in a situation of uncertainty has caused their sleeping patterns to be disturbed.
Fatigue is sometimes easier to talk about – If anyone has concerns about fatigue, depression, or both, they should seek help and not fear that they will be judged or that their symptoms will be misunderstood.
Professionals can help in different treatments for depression, from talk therapy, and support groups to medication. There are also different approaches to therapy, even affordable options, you could also begin virtual therapy.
In the end, doctors and mental health providers can find and address the root causes of constant fatigue, understand that it won’t just stop being a problem without getting help.