Hello, I am new here. I am a married thirty-something mom of three (two of my children are bipolar). I have always struggled with depression. I am currently on Cymbalta 60mg, and Lamictal 150mg. Until today, I thought that my depression was under control. I have not been crying or thinking like a depressed person. However, it occurred to me that the PHYSICAL things I am fighting might just be depression. I am TIRED all the time--to the point that my eyes burn, my head is foggy, and my body is lethargic. I feel as though I am moving at a snail's pace these days. I am too tired to be conversational. My mind is full of ideas/motivation to garden, play with my kids, work on home-improvement projects..., but the physical fatigue keeps me returning to bed for yet another nap. As the days go by and nothing I want to do is getting done, I am beginning to FEEL depressed in mind. I am frustrated. I realized today as I hid out on the back porch that if I were an objective observer of myself, I'd say, "that girl sure LOOKS depressed."
I sleep well at night--7 to 10 hours. I have had a physical with bloodwork showing I am healthy. So my question is this:
Can depression manifest at times as a physical state BEFORE one feels emotionally depressed?