If you fall asleep in the afternoon or sleep soundly, you can guess that it is because of food coma or lack of sleep.
In fact, however, such fatigue may be linked to mental health issues.
When you have mental health problems, you can feel extremely tired and feel as if you lack energy. Especially depression can be the cause.
According to a Canadian study published in the journal “CNS Drugs” in 2018, more than 90% of people with “MDD” feel tired.
Some patients with depression do not complain of simple fatigue. There have been several signs of mental fatigue almost daily for more than two weeks. Not temporary fatigue, but chronic fatigue.
The reason depression is associated with fatigue, which weakens the body and mind is that it affects the neurotransmitter and the compensation system associated with awakening.
Depression also has a negative effect on sleep. Many patients with depression find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. It is accompanied by symptoms of insomnia, such as not being able to sleep deeply or waking up frequently.
Depression makes you less motivated to work, which makes you feel more tired. It is easy to get bored and drowsy because work is not interesting or enjoyable.
The daily tasks that others do easily come as a big task for depressed patients, causing fatigue. It may feel hard to greet someone you know because of your introverted personality, or meetings and presentations can come as a very big labor.
Another cause of fatigue is the fact that depression makes one’s head foggy and confused. It’s hard to concentrate on work and reach a conclusion because I have a complicated mind. Whatever you do, you get tired quickly because you have to use up a lot of energy.
Depression and fatigue are not one-way relationships, but two-way relationships that constantly affect each other. In other words, fatigue, which increases with depression, deepens depression, which leads to greater fatigue. Fatigue is a symptom of depression, but it is important to keep in mind that fatigue can make you more vulnerable to depression.
Fatigue caused by depression is increasingly damaging to daily life in that it reduces productivity at work, hinders social life, reduces appetite, and eliminates motivation for exercise. Therefore, improvement is essential.
First of all, a person who feels tired every day should look at his or her daily life, current mood conditions and habits in general and think about what causes fatigue. Especially, you should check if you are sleeping well. If you don’t get enough sleep, you should improve your sleeping environment and bad habits before you go to bed.
Exercising two to three times a week is also a way to improve sleep quality and reduce fatigue. If, despite these improvements, you are still tired after two weeks, then expert counseling is needed. It can be improved by doing psychological and drug therapy at the same time.