How come we get so fatigued when we are depressed?

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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I often wonder what it is that we get so tired when we get depressed.  I mean physically and mentally tired.  I had noticed that a few threads were about people sleeping and staying in bed all of the time.  I know when I get depressed that I am mentally and physically exhausted.  I know that the serotonin level has something to do with it, but does it cause physical exhaustion too?  I was wondering if others tend to get fatigued also.
 
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spaceytracey72
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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know why, but I sure deal with it. I just CAN'T get up! I will stay on the couch and watch TV all day long if I can! I feel guilty for wasting the day, but I just can't get motivated! I hate it!!
Oh, and napping has become a hobby for me. eyes

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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I wont leave the house for weeks. It gets so hard doesn't it.
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Karen
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spaceytracey72
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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, it seems a little odd, but shopping always makes me feel better. I like to buy clothes and shoes, but never go anywhere to wear them! Also, part of my problem now is financial, so I certainly can't band-aid the pain with shopping right now! I look at it this way, if I do end up moving home, I can at least do a little shopping from time to time and still save some money.

behindtheseeyes00987
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   Posted 1/11/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
i always feel fatigued(word?). before i used to not be able to sleep at all and would just stay up all night, or recently now i don't wake up until 11am or noon. its really a bad thing. i cant get up any earlier because im just so tired. and i constantly feel depressed. you're not alone...

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   Posted 1/12/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I sleep until noon most of the time, even if I go to bed early. It just seems like I can't get enough.

I think with the holidays over and the short days it makes us want to sleep more. But I notice it more when I am depressed.

I hope that you can feel better soon,

I hope that you have a wonderful stressfree and relaxing day,

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Karen
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


Floppington
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   Posted 1/12/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I read something lately about lack of deep sleep lowering serotonin levels. Lower levels of serotonin are also associated with depression. The serotoninergic system modulates mood and emotion, as well as sleep and appetite. Apparently the less serotonin you produce the more tired you can feel. Staying on as close to a regular sleep schedule as you can is supposed to help - going to bed and waking up at the same time, as well as getting regular physical exercise.
For anyone who doesn't know (though I'm sure most of you do) SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Paroxetine and Fluoxetine work by blocking the transport of serotonin so it cannot be taken back up and re-absorbed into the synaptic pre-terminal. This means higher levels of serotonin, which is why drugs like that help treat depression.
Joze - depression and anxiety


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   Posted 1/12/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Floppington,

That was finally explained in a way that I can understand it.  I  always wondered how that worked.  I didn't know if we had too much seratonin or not enough.  Now, I think, I got it.

Again, thank you for answering my question.

hUgs,

Karen


fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


Sadsong
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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Now that the days are finally getting longer I would think that I'd be doing better. But, I've also been feeling tired lately. (Plus, I haven't been keeping up with my exercise program. I had started to do Yoga at least once a day wanting to get up to twice a day, but I've kinda slacked off. The days I was doing it, I felt great!) But, now I've been falling asleep on my couch at 8 o'clock at night and waking up at 4 a.m. My internal clock is all out of wack! I've also noticed that when I have things planned that I look forward to I have more more energy and motivation. But when I don't have anything fun planned and all I have to look forward to going to the laundry mat to wash my clothes, I'm not particularly motivated to get out the door. I'm trying to keep expenses down, so I can save up money to out a down payment on a house, so if anyone has any suggestions for winter time activities on the cheap, I'd love to hear 'em! (I already go to the library to get books and videos and I don't have that many friends, so my options seem pretty limited.) I would love to go snowboarding, but I don't own a board and lift tickets are way too pricey! Maybe I should try to sell some of the stuff I no longer need and get a board or at least snow shoes! :)

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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you have skates? I skated a few days ago and actually had a good time. It was a good atmosphere and people were nice - if you have skates and a rink nearby it's a good way to get out, get some excercise, and you might meet people at the same time. If you did want to sell some things you could sign up to sell stuff on ebay - though it can become a lot of work with having to ship everything. Lots of trips to the post office. But, again, that might be something good to do. And if you felt good while doing yoga then I'd say keep it up!
It's hard to find things to do that don't cost any money. You could always just window shop, or try cooking a new recipe, or volunteer somewhere. If you live in or near a city and just want to get out of the house take a book and go to a coffee shop to read. It's still just reading, but you can people watch at the same time, and coffee is relatively inexpensive.
Joze - depression and anxiety


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   Posted 1/13/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion Floppington! I never thought about skating! And we have an arena right in town! I'm gonna check it out next weekend, since it looks like that have open skating on Sunday afternoons for just $5. I'd have to rent skates, but they can't be that expensive if it only costs $5 to skate, right? I think I'm gonna finally sell some of my books that are just sitting around collecting dust to the used book shop in town too. I can then put the money towards some fun stuff and some not so fun stuff like bills! :) It just seems so hard to find a balance between saving money and finding fun, relatively cheap things to do! I mean I can only watch so many movies or read so much before I'm itching to do something different. Maybe I have a really early case of spring fever, since I don't own any crampons and I'm dying to get outside! I've also been thinking about just going to the mall to people watch, while leaving my credit cards at home, so I'm not tempted to buy anything! Thanks again! :)
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