Last reply 2 weeks ago
Depression or fatigue?

Is there a way to tell the difference between the two? I’ve suffered with depression before and this does feel different – I don’t feel unhappy or desperate, but totally exhausted and flat, with no motivation to do anything at all. I was determined to go back to work today after 3 days off but when I woke up I just couldn’t do it and ended up going back to sleep and waking up 5 hours later. I feel cross with myself, like I’ve given in, but I know I don’t have the energy to do my job today. I picked up a new amantadine prescription on Tuesday- that really helped with fatigue when I took it earlier in the year- but there’s still a nagging doubt that I could solve this with mind over matter and that I’m just being defeatist. Any advice on how to differentiate between the two?

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pikilily
1 year ago

I am new to this MS ‘malarkey’. But I understand what you mean.
But, as an ordinary Nurse, I would say to you do what your body is telling you to do. It says sleep- you sleep, it says buzz about, do that. The feelings of ‘guilt’ perhaps come from your intellectual frustration at not doing what you *think* you should be doing.
May I suggest, that you take solace from the fact that you don’t *feel* desperate or unhappy, and use that as your distinction and reassurance today. In my mind, feelings are more truthful than thoughts. If that makes sense?
Hope this helps a little bit .
Cheers, Emma T


niccis
1 year ago

@pikilily Wise words, thank you. Funnily enough, I did a search on here under the same subject and found a post from me from over a year ago asking exactly the same question which I forgot I’d posted. On reflection, that time was definitely fatigue rather than depression and I gave myself a break from work (8 weeks on that occasion) and came back far stronger. I can’t take 8 weeks this time, Id be lucky to keep my job, but i will try to stop feeling guilty about the few days i have taken and listen to what my body is telling me. Thanks.x


vixen
1 year ago

Hey there, and don’t forget that you are approaching end of the school term, the Autumn one being the longest and descending into winter and darkness. Staff at my school are all struggling this week and they don’t have what we have either! X


niccis
1 year ago

@vixen True! And I had the flu during Oct half term so I haven’t had a rest since August. I’ll just keep ticking off the days 😊


vixen
1 year ago

And get a flu jab! X


niccis
3 weeks ago

This forum has turned into a useful way of tracking my mood and feelings of depression and hopelessness. Sitting here feeling pretty desperate today and have just read my comments from the same time last year, and mentions of feeling the same at the same time the year before that. So rather than posting asking for advice for my low mood, I’m going to investigate treatments for SAD today. Anyone got anything to recommend?


strictlysoca
3 weeks ago

I try to get outside at lunchtime and also at weekends. I make myself exercise and meditate even when I dont feel like it. Minimal alcohol and never on a school night. Dancing to soca even if it’s in the chair.


stumbler
3 weeks ago

@niccis , I don’t know whether there’s anything here that might help :-

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/


niccis
2 weeks ago

Thanks @strictlysoca and @stumbler. I’ve ordered a light from the official SAD website and aiming for more exercise!

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