Potential Consequences of Feeling Tired and Depressed

Potential Consequences of Feeling Tired and DepressedA persistent lack of energy and feelings of depression can put a person at risk for escalating mental and physical health issues. What may have started out as frequent tiredness and a simple case of the blues can degenerate into full-blown depression over time. This can put a person at risk for substance abuse, addiction, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

How Depression Affects the Brain

The following psychological functions are managed by a system of chemical signals and responses in an area of the brain called the hippocampus:

  • Mood regulation
  • Impulse control
  • Anxiety management
  • Memory formation and recall
  • Motivation and rewards

Slight imbalances or deficiencies in the levels of naturally occurring brain chemicals can lead to a wide range of psychological disorders, including anxiety issues, compulsive behaviors, addiction, and depression. These imbalances can be caused by traumatic life experiences, genetic factors or substance abuse.

The results of depression are far more serious than a simple case of sadness. The following symptoms may indicate that you are experiencing depression:

  • Emotional numbness (the inability to feel pleasure, happiness, sadness or anything else)
  • Persistent tiredness or lack of energy
  • Sleep disorders (either sleeping too much or too little)
  • Frequent crying or emotional imbalances
  • Appetite changes (eating too much or having no appetite)
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of interest in previously important relationships or activities

In some cases a depressed person may cycle through phases of depression and periods of irrational excitability, irritability, euphoria, or energy called mania. This condition, known as bipolar disorder, requires specialized treatment.

Consequences of Untreated Depression

In some cases mild depression may be seasonal in nature. It may pass on its own. For many people, however, professional treatment is required. With the proper medical and psychological attention most depressed people can be helped. If left untreated, however, there are many potential consequences, including the following:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • The loss of important relationships
  • Difficulty maintaining professional or educational performance
  • The emotional abuse of others
  • Suicide

Help Is Available Today

If you are regularly feeling tired and depressed please call our toll-free helpline right away. Our expert counselors are standing by any time of day or night with answers to your questions and referrals to the best treatment programs available. Only a professional can determine if you are suffering from depression. Don’t continue to suffer alone. Call today and we will help you find the treatment you need.