Weight lifting making me depressed?

  • asana

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    Jun 07, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    It seems kind of counter-intuitive, but I think that my workouts are making me depressed. I added weights to my routine a few months ago, and since then I've been having problems with my mood, usually coming up as anger, irratability, restlessness and difficulty focussing. All I want to do is eat tons, sleep too much, masturbate and yell at someone. I've noticed that it seems to be worse the day after I've lifted. Has anyone else felt like this?

    I've had episodes of depression and anxiety in the past, and always found exercise to be a source of relief for the symptoms. For the past few years, my exercise routine has centred on swimming, with yoga and pilates for strength training. I don't know if the addition of weights is related to it, but the onset seemed to coincide with it. Is this maybe a side-effect of bulking? I'm not using any supplements or anything. Any suggestions would be helpful.
  • Ethan_1990

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    Jun 07, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    I am not certain as to what could be causing it. I have been doing the P90X going on 3 weeks and over the last week, I've noticed that I'm more irritable, I feel like getting into people's faces and starting fights, and all I wanna do is fuck! I have been only getting 6 or 7 hours of sleep, though, and I wake up ready to go! It's just my opinion but I think that it's due to higher testosterone levels.
  • patmos9990

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    Jun 07, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    I have the same issues but I don't look at it as depression. It makes me feel alive. I went through a phase about five years ago where nothing got me excited. I always felt the same whether I was laying on the couch or skydiving. I like being moody and irritable as long as I don't take it out on others. It just makes me push myself harder.
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    Jun 07, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    I don't know what your routine is or how often you train, but if you are overtraining it could definitely make you feel lousy.
    It makes me feel tired, irritable and out of focus. My coordination is off and I can't tell if I'm feeling emotionially down or maybe catching a flu. I've even had trouble sleeping though I'm extremely tired.
    If the body is stressed enough all kinds of strange things start to happen. Can you try taking a week off? Just eat properely and get plenty of rest and sleep. You might come back stronger if your body gets a chance to catch up to the demands of your training.
    I find it hard to take a whole week or even a few days off, but there's no getting around it if I've overtrained. good luck
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    Jun 07, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    Have you started supplementing or changed supplements? Some stuff can be pretty strong and It can sometimes affect your mood. Also, with the increase in physical activity, your body will also need more rest. Are you getting enough sleep to match your activity in the gym?
  • tckrguys

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    Jun 07, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    Have your testosterone level checked, preferably right after lifting. High testosterone can cause some of the symptoms you mention..high sex drive and increased aggressiveness.
  • asana

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    Jun 07, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    No supplements. Ya Jawrhed, I'm having the same problem, where I'm physically exhausted but it takes hours to fall asleep, or I fall asleep and wake up an hour later. I've had a few weeks where I've taken time off, and it still comes back to this. I don't think I'm overtraining, it's just a half hour of lifting three times a week, plus a 20 minute swim, and two hours of yoga and an hour diving class a week. Ethan's suggestion of higher testosterone makes sense to me - I've been getting body acne too icon_sad.gif. If that's the case, I wonder how long it will take for my body to adjust. I've been irritable at work, and don't want to get into trouble. Anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with these feelings?
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    Jun 07, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    Have you tried meditation in the evenings? Focus on healthy body, mind, and emotional health.
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    Jun 07, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Sounds to me like you're pushing it and overtraining. It affects you emotionally.
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    Jun 07, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    You're overtraining. Take it easy if you have to go, but take a week off.
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jun 07, 2011 10:26 PM GMT

    WOW...thanks for posting this cause I know im not alone icon_eek.gif
    Same thing going on with me! In my case, the overtraining is a def possibility...because like other things in life, I have become a bit obsessive about it lol
    The HIGH T theory is interesting...and all this time I thought it could be LOW T causing it...hmmmm.
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    Jun 07, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    I want to say over training, and are you doing some sort of diet as well? Because when I started to eat very low carbs, which I am now used to, I had all those symptoms that you've had.
  • mybud

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    Jun 07, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    Kippler saidIt seems kind of counter-intuitive, but I think that my workouts are making me depressed. I added weights to my routine a few months ago, and since then I've been having problems with my mood, usually coming up as anger, irratability, restlessness and difficulty focussing. All I want to do is eat tons, sleep too much, masturbate and yell at someone. I've noticed that it seems to be worse the day after I've lifted. Has anyone else felt like this?

    I've had episodes of depression and anxiety in the past, and always found exercise to be a source of relief for the symptoms. For the past few years, my exercise routine has centred on swimming, with yoga and pilates for strength training. I don't know if the addition of weights is related to it, but the onset seemed to coincide with it. Is this maybe a side-effect of bulking? I'm not using any supplements or anything. Any suggestions would be helpful.


    My first thought was.....Are ya on supps and if yes ....what?
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    Jun 07, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    I agree with others on here. You have classic symptoms of overtraining. You need to back off and allow your body to recuperate. This can take some time. You might even need to take off an entire week. The depression from overtraining can be very intense! Remember, your muscle are growing when you're resting.....not when you're working out.
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    Jun 08, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Stress. Stress. Stress. icon_smile.gif
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Jun 08, 2011 12:46 AM GMT

    Found this tidbit about the dangers of over training and how to tell if you are guilty of doing it. Its about.com...so consider the source...but still interesting:

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/overtraining/a/aa062499a.htm