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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Misery Poker and the energy-boosting power of the whine. Is there?

clipart-thumbs-down5I suppose there is a health benefit to whining and complaining, in moderation. Isn’t that funny?! It needs to be moderated just like eating, drinking, exercising, thinking …

Today I set out to determine what occurs physically when we complain. I wondered what hormones are triggered and what effect that has on our adrenals. Didn’t come up with anything that specific but I’ve experienced how dis-eased and fatigued I feel when I am focused on faults instead of pearls. Don’t you?

This topic is inspired by a new column in the Wall Street Journal called “Bonds.” Today’s topic was Misery Poker: It’s One Game Worth Losing. Big thanks go out to its author, Elizabeth Bernstein for bringing this bad habit to my attention. Once there is awareness – change is possible.My husband will be thrilled.

By the by I did come across some good quotes on the topic!

I personally believe we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. ~Jane Wagner

In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than whine. ~Author Unknown

People that pay for things never complain. It’s the guy you give something to that you can’t please. ~Will Rogers

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