How big a part has exhaustion played in your illness. Since was 14 I have lacked energy, and doing things like mowing the lawn has been extremely hard to build-up to. At 65 I stopped mowing and shoveling, and my gardening is largely being done by my nephew....I have always felt that exhaustion has been one of the worst parts of my illness, and one of the hardest to manage....what have others found?
I have Bipolar Disorder so I either have really low energy or really high energy, so I can understand how difficult it can be to have such low energy and have to do even the simplest of tasks. I've managed to help myself by getting some fresh air and walking. It helps shock my system into feeling a little more energized. Eating right also plays a big part.
I developed chronic fatigue at 13 so I've always become tired easily, far before my first depressive episode.
But tiredness in depression has two parts for me: 1 is a severe lack of motivation. I find motivation has always been a challenge for me because I have ADHD, but I've always wanted to do things but I just didn't know how to start. With depression it's apathy from what brings us to part 2: extremely low energy. So, I have a 'I don't care anymore' attitude as well as feeling very low energy. I literally have to drag my body around just to keep doing what I planned. I feel emotionally drained too. Both emotionally drained and hyper emotional and those emotions are anxiety, quick to anger, frustration, and extreme sadness. I guess emotional tiredness would be part 3. 3 parts to my exhaustion in depression.
There is no doubt depression can cause exhaustion; because that is how i feel right now. Though, i must say that i have also felt rundown with flu/cough/tonsilitus. The only way is to get as much sleep as possible, eat as well as possible; and get some fresh air.
Yes that's the worst part for exhausted all the time, had every test going as I was sure their is something else wrong with me, but nothing found.