Coping with Fatigue from Depression

fatigue from depression

Depression affects 350 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Changes in mood, behavior, appetite, and cognitions happen with someone who is struggling with depression. These changes can make a person become fatigued and lethargic which is one of the main differences that becomes noticeable.

Fatigue is detrimental to someone who has battled with depression. Once a person is depressed they tend to withdraw socially and from activities that they once deemed enjoyable. Endurance and energy levels start changing once depression starts becoming even more prominent. This individual will start isolating and keep their bodies from being stimulated in the healthy fashion that it needs with physical movement. Without the body operating with normal function, the person becomes more depressed and more fatigued connecting the two circuitously.

There are many things that fatigued directly affects especially with someone with depression. Everything slows down when depression is present. Motor skills can become decelerated which makes people more sluggish in even the most typically active person. Not being able to function in the way they have in the past can affect a person’s confidence and morale.

Fatigue can become an overwhelming part of depression although a few adjustments to an individual’s life can make the difference in making them feel healthier.


  • Changes in diet


Food is meant to be energy for the body. If the diet consists mostly of excessive sugar and simple carbohydrates, the blood sugar will be higher than it needs to be making them feel listless. Eating food rich in nutrients and vitamins that provide energy are the best options for someone with depression.


  • Regulate sleep


Set a time to wake and a time to go to bed. Having a schedule to abide by can help to keep a person from staying in bed too long and getting out to do more productive things with their time.


  • Exercise regularly


Getting your blood flowing can help to balance a person’s mood by increasing nerve cell growth in the hippocampus of the brain which oversees improving the state of the mind.

Seeking professional help is recommended when trying to deal with the symptoms of depression. Onset depression can be diagnosed with the help of a health care professional. The brain’s chemistry can be better regulated sometimes with medication and working with a therapist can help work out the feelings that can be intensified during depression.





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How to Obliterate Old Ideas

obliterate old ideas

The thoughts that you have when you are deep into your addiction are usually of negative and insecure undertones. For you to be successful in your recovery, it is imperative to find new coping skills to help implement more pensive results.

Practice new ideas

To change from your old ideas, you must practice your new ones of the recovery variety. Practicing anything that you are inexperienced with is vital to assure that you will get into the habit of doing something different. The process may take a little while to come full circle, so be patient and you will reap the rewards.

Run your ideas past someone first

Trying to figure out if what you are doing is productive may take another person’s impartial point of view. Sometimes just saying out loud what is in your head can immediately give you an understanding of whether the concept is valuable or not. Find someone that you trust and has your best intentions at heart to get some feedback to help aid your judgement.

Pause and really think about it

Sometimes taking into consideration for what you are about to embark on, can help you make better decisions in your recovery. Jumping the gun on reactions, emotions, or behaviors can save you from having to make reparations for certain incidents later. Having a little breathing space in between your thoughts and actions can make all the difference you need to move forward with your new and improved solutions.

Do something different

There is the old recovery saying, “Your thoughts follow your actions. Not the other way around.” This means if you do negative things, then you will have negative thoughts. If you do positive things, then you will have positive thoughts because you cannot just magically think your way into positive action. Being hands on with affirmative activity will take your thoughts into a more improved fashion.

Change your thought patterns

Learning to think about other things may seem near impossible. Thinking about something other than yourself may be a foreign concept. Mindfulness, hobbies, physical activity, and being of service to someone else in need can be just the thing to keep your mind on point.

The coping skills that you once relied on will have to change to along with your thoughts.

Retraining your brain to think differently in your recovery can take some effort on your part and will be well worth it in the long run.





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What You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mood disorder that affects millions of adults. The disorder has no bias with who attains it because it affects people in all walks of life. It has been thought of as a disease that only impresses upon addicts and homeless people, but the truth is that anyone can suffer from this condition. Unusual shifts in moods, energy, and being able to conduct normal responsibilities are influenced by this brain disorder.

When bipolar disorder is thought of, the most universal characteristic is the manic and depressive stages that people who have it experience. Individuals will encounter extremely high highs followed by extremely low lows and vice versa. The positive and negative behavior can last for days or up to months.  

When someone with bipolar disorder is in their manic phase they appear to be as happy as a lark and can be productive amidst being easily distracted by their heightened levels of euphoria. Once they have reached the highest level of their mania, they begin to chatter about things that may not make sense by jumping from subject to subject. Along with their non-stop dialogue, it also becomes clear that they have racing thoughts that coexist with one another.

Other signs of mania is declining sleep patterns. People with bipolar are not necessarily being affected with insomnia, but the energy surges that come upon them will keep them from being able to sleep. Exercise and other activities, such as sex, can become a problem when they use them to dispel their pent-up energy. The intensity of their energy builds up and must be relieved in some capacity, so they will overly do these actions in hopes of exerting their access energy.

Once the energy and extreme happiness dissipates, the depressive side of bipolar will show itself. Sufferers will experience acute sadness and hopelessness, chronic pain that cannot be diagnosed to any specific cause, and extreme tiredness. Due to the fatigue that bipolar patients combat, constant decelerated feelings of mental fogginess can lead to suicidal thoughts.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can force someone to miss many of their day-to-day obligations because they are lethargic during depression. Instead they will seek other endeavors that they perceive to be more important than their true responsibilities. Addiction can be prevalent in persons with bipolar because they are looking for a way to stabilize their mood. Drugs and alcohol will undermine bipolar making symptoms worse.

Consulting with a doctor can help a patient search for answers regarding their disorder. Getting treatment for bipolar disorder is important for someone to get a chance to regulate mood swings and symptoms.





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Anxiety Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Anxiety Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Anxiety is high in many people and breaking it down through your zodiac sign might be more helpful to see your patterns of stress.

ARIES (March 21-April19)

Being the first of the 12 zodiac signs, this fire sign is a trailblazer. Being full of energy and competitive makes for a somebody who is constantly on the go. Slow down, Aries. You may like the challenge, but you can still be fierce while having some down time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 21)

Calm is usually associated with the sign, but do not mess with the Bull. Change can set them off causing great stress and worry. People under the sign of Taurus do not open up to others very easily which keeps their emotions locked in. Taurus, try talking to someone sooner than later to let go of your worry.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)

Worrying about small problems lead to bigger problems for this air sign. Fault-finding for other people and themselves are the things that drive them to stress out and then lash out. Get some new perspective and learn to accept other’s weaknesses as something you can learn from.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

On the outside Cancers may seem tough, but on the inside, they can be really sensitive people. Nothing is more important than the family so their insecurities come from making sure they are taken care of financially and being able to provide for their families. Try not to get too far into the future because not being present can affect the time with your loved one’s right now.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

This protective, generous fire sign is also charming which makes others take notice. Leos get stressed when they are unable to be in control the situation. Go with the flow and learn to stop worrying about things that are out of your control. You will feel a huge weight off your shoulders, Leo.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Organizing their lives becomes the focal point along with practicality. When things are out of place, so is the Virgo making for high-stress. Stop trying to make every detail perfect by overthinking it. Virgo, strategies are good, but action is better.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

This zodiac sign of scales is true to form. When a Libra feels out of balance, their stress level plummets through the roof. Tip your scales back into place by not taking on so much duty.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)

Privacy is desired by Scorpios. If they do not get the consideration that they strive for, it will cause more stress than is needed. Set your boundaries, Scorpio, so that others can be aware of what is required.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)

Being confined is uncomfortable with this sun sign. Sagittarians want to do everything they can to experience living life to fullest and tend to burnout. Try to do some relaxing things to make up for the go-go-go you live your life by.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Putting too much pressure is a commonality with Capricorns. Thinking that failure is a possibility can make a them get into a tailspin to meet deadlines and personal goals. While it is good to have ambitions, but lower the bar a bit to relieve unnecessary stress.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Although Aquarians do not usually impose their ideas on anyone else, they do want things the way they want them. If they feel like they have fallen short of their way, they will stress over every tiny mistake. You do not have to be high strung, Aquarius. Relax, let go of all the control, and reap the rewards.

PISCES (February 19-March 20)

Getting overexposed and having their personal space invaded can make a Pisces up in arms. Crowds and public speaking fills them with stress. Have confidence in yourself because you are smart and people like you.

Life is stressful and not surprising at all why so many people have high levels of anxiety. Find something to curb your anxiety through adopting a less-stressful lifestyle. Mediation, exercise, and therapy are ways to dismantle anxiety.

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Active Suicide Ideation vs. Passive Suicide Ideation

Active Suicide Ideation vs. Passive Suicide Ideation

Active Suicide Ideation vs. Passive Suicide Ideation

Ending one’s life is a terrible problem that may start with just an idea that turns into thoughts with dreadful momentum. The statistics of suicide show that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and with over 44,000 people taking their own life yearly and an average of 121 deaths daily.  An even more thought-provoking statistic is that a person will attempt suicide 25 times before they succeed.

Figuring out what gets a person to the brink of suicide may begin with their genetic, physical, and environmental factors. Suicide ideation can rear its ugly head in people with mental illness, in people with abnormal brain function, or with people who take one hard knock after another with personal adversity. Any number of these things can take an individual’s thought process to believe that the world would be a better place without them in it.

Two categories can be found for suicide – active suicide ideation and passive suicide ideation. Although passive suicide ideation may be under the misconception that it is not as serious as active suicide ideation, it is. Both are high-risk situations that have the same goal to terminate a person’s life. Suicide should not be taken lightly in any capacity, especially with the minutiae of definition.

  • Passive suicide ideation involves a desire to die, but there is no actual plan to carry it out. An individual typically thinks they should no longer live because they deserve punishment for reasons stemming from the negativity that surrounds their life. If they could choose, they would prefer to die in their sleep, from cancer, or a car accident, but the most important aspect is that they want to die.
  • Active suicide ideation means not only will a person say that they wish to die, but they will also talk about the means in which they plan on doing it. A person may write out a suicide note or begin giving away all their belongings to start the final stages of ending their life.

Suicide is a situation that affects our society tremendously and while there is no single source, there is a negative impact for the survivors and the family of the victim that should not have to be experienced in the first place.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at: 1-800-273-8255

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Is Depression Contagious?

Is Depression Contagious?

Catching clinical depression from someone is not very likely.  Depression can technically only be passed biologically through genetics. Someone that transmits depression by hereditary means is giving it unknowingly which can skip a generation and even skip within siblings.

Moods are contagious, but depression is not. If you are around somebody that is joyful, then there is a good chance that you will become joyful. On the flip side, if someone is disgruntled about something, then probably you will become irritated as well. The philosophy of “you are who you surround yourself” with can ring true with mood, but depression is a much more complex disorder.

Clinical depression is characterized by having anguish that can be caused from biological, environmental, social, and psychological factors that affect the brain. Although clinical depression can be described as a mood disorder, professional help may need to be sought to get through it.



  • Reduced interest in pleasurable things
  • Weight loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of Energy
  • Changes in attitude
  • Psychomotor agitation


Symptoms of clinical depression can affect sleep, diet, concentration, energy level, and self-esteem. People that are depressed may have emotional and physical problems that limit a person’s ability to function in the normal ways they are used to. Getting treatment for depression can be helpful to relieve the symptoms that cause it.

When a person feels like they need help for depression, it is important to get a full diagnostic evaluation and a physical examination. Doctors can rule out other medical conditions that may be causing a depressive mood rather than having full on clinical depression. Getting evaluated for depression can spot specific symptoms and gather information, such as medical records, environmental circumstances, and family history, to lead to a proper diagnosis.

A medical plan of action can help people to overcome depression. Medication, therapy, or a combination of the two may be the key factors in addressing the situation. More extreme cases of depression may need hospitalization especially if someone is putting themselves or others at risk. Research suggests that taking certain necessary steps may be instrumental in normalizing brain function where depression is concerned.

Clinical depression can last for long periods of time and moods can fluctuate temporarily with different environments. People that get depressive mood swings are making the choice of whether they are going to be happy or sad. People with depression do not have a choice in their moods and with help can take the power back.

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Why Anxiety and Alcohol Do Not Mix

Why Anxiety and Alcohol Do Not Mix

Feelings of anxiety crop up in different ways for everyone when they are going through life on life’s terms. Anxiety dissipates easier for some, and others continue to have anxiety for long periods of time without being able to shake it. These individuals actually have an anxiety disorder that can disrupt essentially every part of their being.

Getting rid of anxiety may be tough for some due to not be willing to go to therapy or being against taking the medication that is prescribed for anxiety. People with anxiety can resort to drastic measures to shed symptoms of anxiety including drinking alcohol. Unwinding and relaxing can help with anxiety since alcohol is a depressant. Alcohol may seem like a good fit for somebody with anxiety, but it may do more harm than good. Anxiety can be instrumental in generating substance abuse, while alcohol can bring about more anxiety. Putting the two together can become a never-ending cycle of anxiety and alcoholism.

  • Guilt that stems from disappointing friends, family, or an employer while drinking alcoholically can exacerbate anxiety to the max. Panic attacks can emerge from negative self-talk and thoughts that can stem from these circumstances.
  • Alcohol may seem to be helpful in alleviating symptoms of anxiety temporarily, but anxiety can be even more extreme the day after the drinking took place. To keep the symptoms from resuming, alcohol may be used over and over to diminish the anxiety that can lead to a substance abuse disorder. Having an anxiety disorder as well as alcoholism can create a co-occurring disorder that can intensify the symptoms of both disorders concurrently.
  • Anxiety is an alcohol withdrawal symptom. If withdrawal is taking place with someone who also has an anxiety disorder, the symptoms, including anxiety, can be extremely severe to suffer through even more than usual.
  • Someone that is taking anxiety medication can counter the effects that the prescription drugs provide if they are drinking alcohol while they are taking their anxiety pills. To get the best results that medication has to offer, abstain from alcohol to avoid any issues that might arise from mixing the two together. .

Getting help for alcoholism and anxiety is possible. Finding a rehabilitation center that treats co-occurring disorders can give somebody with anxiety and alcoholism a chance to change their coexisting disorders which do not mix.

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Types of Guilt that Affect Recovery

Types of Guilt that Affect Recovery

 Battling feelings of guilt are quite common in recovery. You may feel the guilty effects of turbulent times in addiction once you get sober. An addiction may have kept you numb to the feelings that may have normally brought somebody guilt. Identifying what the different types of guilt are, can keep guilt from affecting you in your recovery.

Essential guilt

When you feel like you have wronged somebody, not made a good choice, or fallen short of the standards you live by this guilt is usually triggered. Guilt is synonymous with failure because living in a manner that leads to breaking constraints of behavior, can make you feel indecent.


Parental guilt

Children are caught in the crossfire of addiction in many instances. Once an addict gets sober, there can be remorse for abandoning kids, driving them around, or abusing them under the influence. This type of guilt can be instrumental in being a good motivating factor for you to stay sober and making better parenting decisions.

Self-made guilt

Being a perfectionist, appointing impossible expectations, or creating inadvertent deadlines can cause this type of guilt. These examples come from trying to impress others one way or another. Not living up to intentions that come with these self-imposed tasks, can create a guilt for the reasons of why you may have not been able to execute them up to par.

Hindsight guilt

Looking back on the negative impact that may have been caused by your actions is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. Knowing that you cannot take back what you have done and seeing that you pushed harm into the universe may be the silver lining to get you to change your unrighteous behavior.

One of the best ways of getting rid of guilt is by admitting that you have done the things that you have felt guilty for. In some instances, the guilt may be wasted energy that is not necessary to transmit. The fact that you are feeling guilt is a great sign because it means you have feelings that can transform you into taking better actions in your life going forward.

The old saying of “a guilty conscious needs no accuser”, can show you how hard you may be on yourself and be all the evidence you need to make adjustments. Taking prominent action to change the feelings of guilt can get you closer to having a clear conscious and help your recovery.  

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Mindfulness and Awareness in Recovery

Mindfulness and Awareness in Recovery

Our society is a busier place than it used to be. With more inventions and more activities, the world can be a pretty crazy place out there which keeps us occupied. We are usually too busy with the mundane activities of life to slow down. If we were to take up meditation and try to sit still with our thoughts, it would probably be something that we could not accomplish due to our inability to slow down our ideation. Our meditation would probably consist of doing the laundry in our heads, or writing up the grocery list we have been putting off because our minds can be a noisy place to be in. Instead of being present, we have gotten so caught up in what comes next, that we have forgotten how to take time to smell the roses.

In recovery, we have no choice but to slow it down. When we do not take the action to remiss our brains, our brains will get overwhelmed and we will begin to act out in other ways such as abusing drugs and alcohol. Losing our sobriety in this manner needs to be avoided at all costs, so we need mindfulness and awareness to keep us in our recovery.

Mindfulness means that we are staying present throughout the day instead of getting into the future, or even the past, with the monotony of the day to day things that bring us down. Along with mindfulness comes the revelation of awareness. Basically, the two together is residing in the present to discover the perception in how recovery should be. We are really good at putting aside the things that are good for us to accomplish. The things that are more important to others or doing things that makes us look good in other people’s eyes, are typically the things that we unnecessarily make our priority.

Taking mindfulness and awareness as a recovery practice can help us to increase our self-awareness to be more useful to those around us. By putting ourselves first in this unselfish way, we can improve our harmony with ourselves and our loved ones. Becoming whole with mindfulness and awareness in recovery will help to achieve a sense of calm that just might be the missing link that kept us out there in our addiction.

With mindfulness, life takes on a new awareness that can transform the disruptions in our brains. Peace of mind can bring us a piece of serenity to help us to be more tranquil and pensive.

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Gratitude Vs. Thankfulness

Gratitude Vs. Thankfulness

Gratitude and thankfulness are two terms that can be interchangeable in a conversation. If you were sit down and dissect the meaning of the two words, they are quite distinctive in their own ways, but so similar that they are difficult to define without using the other in the definition. The basic definition of both words is to be able to count your blessings for all that you have. Gratitude is the base that thankfulness flourishes from. Thankfulness is a fleeting emotion while gratitude is a way of life. Appreciating all the things in life for exactly what they are, comes from deep within and takes someone being grateful.

You may have seen kids say “thank you” for receiving something, but they may not know why they are really saying it. Saying “thank you” is polite and can be the necessary tool that teaches somebody what it takes to have gratitude by just understanding what “thank you” actually means. To be in gratitude would signify that you are attuned with your surroundings, connected to the people around you, and believing in the function that you were meant to pass onto another.

When you spend time with others and you get a feeling of prosperity through words of affirmation or expressions of hope and love, the result is usually thankfulness. Once you reciprocate their affections and their gestures, you begin to grasp the knowledge of being in the amazing state of gratitude. Thankfulness and gratitude encompass each other and are excellent tools to appreciate what life has to offer. Good days will produce contentment and bad days can demonstrate the things that still need to be cultivated within you where thankfulness and gratitude are concerned.

Gratefulness does not mean that happiness will be present at all times, but that your pursuit for a grateful life will show you thankfulness to be happy. Thankfulness starts with appreciating what you have instead of focusing on what you do not have which ends with being in a state of gratitude.

Spouting off the words “thank you” are childlike and simply not enough, but living for thankfulness to achieve gratitude is the right direction in life. Doing things throughout your day to initiate thankfulness such as small acts of kindness or spending time with loved ones are the things that make you have a grateful heart, and sometimes all we have is heart.

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