Posted 10/19/2018 2:27 PM (GMT -7)
I searched around and found a very good page describing the differences in an easy and concise way. Hopefully this might help you see the difference. Remember one condition doesn't exclude having the other also. I have both depression and PTSD plus chronic fatigue. It's a real battle each hour of the day to be productive in some way. I try to have a list of 3 things I plan to get done by the end of the day and that is helping me feel like I'm accomplishing something.
"Differences and similarities between chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
Depression differs from chronic fatigue syndrome in many ways but also shares some commonalities. First, major depressive disorder is a psychological disorder that is not preceded by a viral illness and symptoms of depression must be longstanding for at least six months. Individuals with chronic fatigue disorder may have signs and symptoms of depression secondary to not being able to be productive but there is no standing history of depression. The primary signs and symptoms of depression include sad mood, social isolation and negative thoughts and although fatigue and poor concentration are symptoms, they are not the primary symptoms like they are in chronic fatigue disorder. So although there is some overlap in the two disorders, there are many subtle differences that should be picked up by a healthcare provider."