Depressed? Is Depression the Cause of Your Fatigue?

Are you depressed? If so, join the club. A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, indicates that “everyone, will at some time in their life either be depressed or be affected by someone else’s depression. Statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate that up to 30% of women are depressed and most are too embarrassed to seek help.

What causes depression? There are many causes of depression including: Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Pain, Financial Stress, Traumatic Event and Toxic Relationships to name a few. Take a moment now to check in with yourself …

Take Fatigue Be Gone “Depression Quiz

Do you have or are you experiencing …

1. Decreased energy, a constant feeling of fatigue (Y/N)
2. Persistent sad, anxious or empty mood (Y/N)
3. Restlessness, irritability and/or outbursts of anger (Y/N)
4. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism     (Y/N)
5. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness     (Y/N)
6. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you typically enjoy such as a daily walk, Friday night out with the girls …    (Y/N)
7. Thoughts of death or suicide (Y/N) *
8. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions (Y/N)
9. Inability to sleep or oversleeping (Y/N)
10. Changes in appetite or weight (Y/N)
11. Unexplained aches and pains (Y/N)
12. Difficulty dealing with a significant others depression or chronic pain? (Y/N)

If you answered Y=Yes to more than three of the items above you may be suffering from depression. See below for some easy-does-it depression remedies and energy boosting, body and mind, techniques.

Number 7 above is a red flag question. If you answered “YES” I recommend you immediately consult with your primary doctor. Don’t ignore or be embarrassed by your thoughts. If you broke your foot you’d go to the doctor. If you had severe stomach pain you’d get to the ER – fast. Your thoughts – your brain – is just another part of the body to be treated, cared for, respected and nurtured.

Now What? Below are a few tips, tools and techniques to help eliminate your fatigue and sadness

1.  Take Notice and Note with the “Dump It Here” Journal Exercise.

2. Talk it over and out. It is said that Depression is “the darkroom in which we develop our negatives.” Click here for a listing of fatigue, exhaustion, addiction and depression recovery resources:

3. Schedule time for energy and mood boosting activities like: humor. At time laughter, like sex, needs to be scheduled vs. left to chance! My favorites include:

On-line/Work break:  Pooch Café and Demotivations
On-the-road: Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Deluxe Limited Edition CD + DVD]

At home: Seinfeld, Shrek and Get Smart

4. Make time for friends and family. A recent poll stressed how time spent with loved ones decreased stress, anxiety and depression.

5. Exercise with a friend.  According to a CDC study people who exercised had 1.3 fewer depressed days per month than those who didn’t AND obese or underweight people reported more depressed days than those who were normal weight or slightly overweight.

Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart! e-Guide provides useful forms and journal exercises to help you get in touch with yourself and on-track with vital health information. Simply fill out the forms and provide to your doctor. Discover simple home medical tests that can save both time and money. A “must-have” for anyone who is tired of being tired, depressed and spending a fortune on products to feel better. Order your copy today at

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Food for Energy – January 2011 Shopping List

Food for Energy: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements:

Magma Plus: Excellent article, Dr. Oz’s #1 Fat Cure, reminded me to start my day with this easy “greens” drink to lose fat and gain more energy. By easy I mean, easy. Add one heaping spoonful to a glass of water, stir and drink. When I have more time – maybe once a week – I follow Dr. Oz’s green drink smoothie recipe. (Dr. Oz’s recipe, between prep time and clean up, takes me about twenty minutes.)

Licorice Root Tea: According to Dr. Wilson, an adrenal fatigue expert, licorice is the herb best know for supporting healthy adrenal function. It is also soothes nervous stomachs, stress and helps decrease * hypoglycemia, a side affect of tired adrenals. Licorice is best taken as a tea because the candy usually contains too much sugar.

What is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is defined as an abnormally low level of sugar in the blood. Hypoglycemia symptoms include: fatigue, dizziness when standing up quickly, irrational mood swings (especially before meals), sugar cravings, headaches, depression and anxiety. Source:

Kelp Powder: Kelp is a variety of seaweed that is known to be the best natural source of trace minerals essential for healthy adrenal gland function. Per Dr. Wilson’s suggestion I created a spice mix, 50/50 sea salt and kelp, to season everything from my morning oatmeal to my favorite roasted chicken recipe.

Food for Energy: System —  NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit

Believe it or not this was my Christmas present from my brother! I started using it once a day during the holidays and it has completely cleared out my chronic stuffy sinuses and the weekly migraine that went with them. (It has also eliminated the need for the costly migraine headache pain medication I had to take.)

Migraine headaches are a common cause of fatigue. Migraine manifests as Continue reading

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Beat fatigue the old fashioned way … eat right and sleep tight.

Fatigue … so often the root cause of fatigue is traced back to something as simple as poor nutrition and sleeping habits. I use the word “habit” because whatever we do regularly, be it calling a cup of coffee “breakfast” or staying up late to catch another CSI show, becomes a habit. Habits are so easily formed – just twenty-something days – and so so hard to break. Don’t even try, simply form news ones to take their place. May I suggest …

New Fatigue Busting Habit – Feed your tired adrenals the “good stuff.”

It is time to get into seasonal fruit and veggie shopping. Fresh produce tastes better, will improve your appetite and entice you to eat more and eat healthier. Stock up this weekend at your local Farmer’s Market, and then join in our Monday Fruit and Veggie Day.

July’s produce bounty includes:

* Fruit:  apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, limes, nectarines, peaches, plums, strawberries and watermelons.

* Vegetables: corn, cucumbers, lettuce and radishes.

Source: Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There

New Fatigue Busting Habit – Sleep tight.
7 fool-proof ways to get the sleep you need to stop feeling tired and wired.

There is one major reason why so many of us are tired all the time, sleep deprivation. Sometimes it’s because we allow ourselves to turn into zombies in front of the boob tube. Other times a metabolic imbalance can trigger insomnia. Ah, I know this one too well. Here are my favorite insomnia-busting tools and tricks …

1. The 10:00 p.m. bedtime hour. It is critical that people with fatigue and sleep problem be in bed and well on their way towards sleep by 10:00 p.m. Why? There is a dreaded adrenal gland “second wind” that kicks Continue reading

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Fatigue Causes – Toxic Relationships, Energy Vampires and the “News”

Fatigue is a complex topic. If you are feeling tired all the time you can bet you are under the spell of a combination of fatigue factors. The culprits include but are not limited to: your diet, exercise, finances, work environment, lifestyle and the quality of your relationships. Today I’d like to address just one of these, relationships gone bad.

Do you feel more fatigue around certain people? I do. In fact three chronically fatiguing Continue reading

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Arthritis Joint Pain – Opportunity to stay loose, loose stubborn belly fat and find new friends

Arthritis Joint Pain can be your curse or your wake up call and a blessing. Guess who gets to choose? Three letter word —  sounds like Casper the ghost’s favorite word …

What causes arthritis joint pain in the first place? For most it is simply a side affect of aging, a result of lifetime wear and tear. The most common form, osteoarthritis, shows up as joint inflammation and swelling, joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. In case you think these are good reasons to be a couch potato, think again.

Move it or loose it Joint lubrication and flexibility.
My dentist once told me to “only floss the teeth” I wanted to keep. Isn’t that a horrifying image? I’ve been a flossing daily ever since. Same thing goes for “only moving the muscles, bones and joints” you think you’d like to use.

Walking specialist Mary Anne Dunkin puts it another way, “walking strengthens muscles, which helps shift pressure from joints and reduce pain. And repeated walking Continue reading

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