Depression With Fatigue

What Causes Depression With Fatigue?

Depression with fatigue can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose depression with fatigue, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "depression with fatigue" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Hypersomnolence
  • Progesterone Excess
  • DMAE Need
  • PMS D
  • Stress

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
cold sores
physical abuse during childhood
refined sugar consumption
forgetting dreams
craving for salt
jumpiness
no desire to recover from alcoholism
heart racing/palpitations
high progesterone level
regular unexplained sadness/crying
bowel movement changes
somewhat disturbed sleep
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of depression with fatigue:
Cause Probability Status
DMAE Need 90% Confirm
PMS D 17% Unlikely
Progesterone Excess 3% Ruled out
Stress 2% Ruled out
Hypersomnolence 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering from depression, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Can you characterize your depressive episodes as feeling "low" with a strong desire to sleep, sleeping a lot and having trouble getting out of bed?
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ No
→ Yes, to some extent
→ Definitely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not having depression with fatigue, depression with some fatigue or depression with fatigue, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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