Why does depression make you so tired? A mental health advocate tweeted a fascinating explanation.

Why does depression make you so tired? A mental health advocate tweeted a fascinating explanation.
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Mental health advocate @PJ_Palits posted a long thread on Twitter explaining why people with depression tend to be so tired. She attributes the fatigue to a number of reasons, and explains that just because other people don't understand depression doesn't mean that people don't truly suffer from it.

She mentions that people with depression sometimes take longer to fall asleep, and their sleep might be disturbed more throughout the night.

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She also mentions the amount of focus it takes some people with depression to complete tasks.

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She likens depression to constantly being at war with your own brain.

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And she says other people's judgment doesn't help much.

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Sometimes people with depression are exhausted from "dealing with fears that others sometimes find silly and irrational."

She compares depression to living on a rope bridge over a canyon.

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Depressed people may be tired from trying to identify emotions in other people.

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They also might be tired from medication.

She points out that depression can be harmful not just mentally but also physically.

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Maybe instead of asking them why they're so tired, just offer some compassion.

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