How does depression cause fatigue?

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How does depression cause fatigue?

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From what I’ve witnessed from a close relative:

It is a constant battle against yourself – there are days on which every second is a constant struggle against negative and destructive thoughts which create strong doubts and a feeling of strong guilt.

Fighting this uphill-battle almost daily wears you down. Moreso mentally but through the stress caused by depression also physically.

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Depression is caused by low levels of seratonin, a chemical in the brain that your neurons use to talk to each other. However, these chemicals are used for a wide variety of things rather than specific things (this is why depression and depression meds can have a lot of different effects). One of the things low seratonin is linked to is fatigue. So it’s. It quite accurate to say depression causes fatigue, but they can both have the same root cause.

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The other answers in this thread sound right enough to me, but there’s another angle that hasn’t been raised yet. From my experience of being depressed for about half my life and thinking about it a lot to try to understand myself. I’m actually doing pretty well right now – less depressed than I’ve been for about a decade and actually functioning, so woop!

The psychology of being depressed (at least in my case – YMMV) involves a significant thread of avoidance. I dislike my circumstances, don’t feel confident in succeeding with whatever I want to do etc. and so want to avoid attempting and “inevitably” failing. The result of this is a crushing apathy that is felt as deeply physical. The easiest way to avoid doing or thinking (both painful when depression is fucking your brain up) is to sleep. I’m not sure how this works on a physiological / chemical level, but I’ve certainly felt the sudden extreme need for a nap when I almost face my fears and just can’t.

If anoyone is depressed right now, then i would advise antidepressants and i know alot of people disagree with them but i was on them for 6 months and i have just come off them and i feel so much better. I feel back to my old self again. The reason i went on them was that i overdosed on lsd 3 years ago and at first i thought i was goin through a down period in my life and thought it would go but it didnt. I tried cbd, differnt types of vitamins but it still wouldn’t go away. I eventually went to the doctors and they said i had depression after my mental evaluation. At first the pills do make you feel abit unwell but after a week of been on them your body gets used to them and then the recovery really starts. Whilst i was on the medication i stuck to a routine of weights and fitness to push myself and the limits u think u have whilst been depressed each day. Everyday on the medication was a step to light and out of darkness and i can honestly say its changed my life. Another thing to realise whilst been depressed is that u have to surround urself with positivity and with the right people, because if i carried on taking drugs i probably would of been dead. Anythings possible if u believe it enough.