Depression fatigue = no gym motivation?


  • Jun 24, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    So I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.

    Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?

    If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!
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    Jun 25, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    I was on anti-depressants after cancer therapy. I was directed to exercise to break out of the depression. Exercise is said to be great for treating depression. I hired a personal trainer to keep me motivated and exercising properly. If you cant afford a personal trainer, then I suggest have a strict exercising regime and keep records so that you cant fall off of your regime without knowing it.

    If you need a workout plan, look at the RJ plans: http://www.realjock.com/article/1164/


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    Jun 25, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    quarterlifecrisis saidSo I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.

    Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?

    If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!



    try this bro...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtweZxNGk1Y

    If this doesn't motivate u, i don't know wut will.
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    masculine31 said
    quarterlifecrisis saidSo I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.

    Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?

    If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!



    try this bro...



    If this doesn't motivate u, i don't know wut will.




    Wow, this sure made my life issues seem petty. This actually helped me get out of a melancholy mood this morning.

    This guy is awesome just from his will power alone.
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:37 PM GMT


    There have been a few reliable studies that show that 30 minutes per day of aerobic exercise can be as effective as drug treatment for some people with depression.

    One of the challenges, as you are learning, is overcoming the inertia that often comes with depression. You may also find that initially you do not enjoy actually working out (even if you once did). This absence of pleasure (known technically as "anhedonia') is one of the nastiest effects of depression as it deprives you of the incentive to engage in behaviors that may eventually help lift the depression.

    Some of the 12-step programs have a phrase that is often helpful to get started - 'Action Precedes Motivation'. Try making a bargain with yourself along something like the following lines: "I will go to the gym and exercise for 30 minutes on [insert five named days of the week] per week at [ insert time] o'clock for four weeks". You can then assess whether it's helping. If there is anything that you know you still enjoy, that is not harmful and that you can do readily, you may want to use that to reward yourself for your trips to thegym.

    Best of luck. And please let us know how you're doing.
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
    Even if you can't make it to the gym, try doing other things that will get you moving. Go for a walk listening to your favorite songs, either in your neighborhood or a park.
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    There is a history of depression in my family. I haven't sought help for it and I keep saying I will but that I aside I find motivation in targeting. Example, to get myself to go to gym, I target a part of my body I want to work on. Abs for instance, if I set a goal it always overcomes the depression and motivates me.

    At work, a lot of my job is projected oriented so there are always benchmarks I need to meet. Again, setting goals and achieving them.

    Target a muscle group and convince yourself that this goal needs to be achieved for better health or personal vanity (nothing wrong with a little self love).

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    Jun 25, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    Give St. John's Wart a try for at least 3 weeks. You can find it at the drugstore, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. It is natural and in some studies was found to work as good as some prescription meds. It has helped me a lot with depression.

    Check with your Dr. if he has you on a prescription already to be sure there won't be any drug interaction.
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    Jun 25, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    WolfRain said

    try this bro...



    If this doesn't motivate u, i don't know wut will.




    Wow, this sure made my life issues seem petty. This actually helped me get out of a melancholy mood this morning.

    This guy is awesome just from his will power alone.

    Wow now that was one awesome video!
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    Jun 25, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    You have the order backwards, man. You can't wait till your depression is over to go to the gym. Working out at the gym will help you break out of the depression. Get off your ass and go, and don't listen to that part of you that wants you to stay home. Once you develop the pattern of heading to the gym to break through depression, it will be become easier to go every time. I'm to the point where I can feel a funk coming on and I just head to lift or do cardio as a preventive measure.

    Definitely be careful of medication. A guy I dated a few years ago started on the anti-depressants and they really lowered his sex drive. You can imagine that he REALLY had a problem with depression after that.
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    Jun 25, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    Do you have a friend you could work out with? Someone that will give you a call and say 'hey, let's hit the gym.'

    My work out buddy suffers from depression and anxiety and has said many times he wouldn't have exercised if I hadn't called him. He says that it's easier to get motivated for a friend than it is for himself when he's feeling down.

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    Jun 25, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
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    masculine31 said
    quarterlifecrisis saidSo I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.

    Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?

    If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!



    try this bro...



    If this doesn't motivate u, i don't know wut will.




    Wow, this sure made my life issues seem petty. This actually helped me get out of a melancholy mood this morning.

    This guy is awesome just from his will power alone.


    It mosdef changed my attitude, when people start complaining, i just think how blessed, or fortunate i am, i mean i can see, hear, taste, touch/feel and i have all my limbsicon_biggrin.gif It could be worse, i have epilepsy, diagnosed wit MS 3 yrs ago, and ankylosing spondylitis...and i am happy, i chose da natural route, no prescriptions or pillsicon_wink.gif Diet n exercise does wonders. We are all blessed and have it good, all this whining n complaining is 4 da birds. IT COULD BE WORSE, COUNT UR BLESSINGSicon_exclaim.gif
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    Jun 25, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    Depression isnt lack of motivation.
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    Jun 25, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidDepression isnt lack of motivation.


    Ur righticon_exclaim.gif its a decision bro...

  • Jun 25, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    masculine31 said
    Caslon11000 saidDepression isnt lack of motivation.


    Ur righticon_exclaim.gif its a decision bro...


    Depression isn't a lack of motivation and depending on the situation it's a decision. I never would have chosen to be depressed, but I did choose to do something about it.


    Thank you guys for all the suggestions.
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    Jun 25, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    quarterlifecrisis said
    masculine31 said
    Caslon11000 saidDepression isnt lack of motivation.


    Ur righticon_exclaim.gif its a decision bro...


    Depression isn't a lack of motivation and depending on the situation it's a decision. I never would have chosen to be depressed, but I did choose to do something about it.


    Thank you guys for all the suggestions.


    The people have spoken bro...read da comments AGAIN and continue making decisions.icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 25, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    I am diagnosed with chronic depression. Meds did not work for me, at all. All of the side effects just made me more depressed. So, I did about three months worth of therapy, and created strategies for dealing with the problem.

    So, I got into fitness. I work out 3-7 times a week, even if it is just for 20 minutes (thanks HIIT!) and my symptoms are way less frequent. Where I used to be depressed a good eight months out of the year, I now have only a few episodes a year lasting no more than a few days.

    While the exercise is an excellent strategy, I recommend talking to a therapist to find out what brings on a spell of depression and how to deal with it.

    Oh, and depression isn't a decision. Not doing anything about it is though.
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    Jun 25, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    quarterlifecrisis saidSo I've been going to this therapist for a couple months and I got diagnosis of depression. One side affect of depression that I see a lot of is my fatigue. I'm trying to get on medication, this reason I say this is cause I want to get back into going to the gym but am usually so drained that I can't seem to gather the energy to go. My therapist recommends the gym every time. Not that I'm fat, but I could get into better shape and a better body equals a better mind.

    Did medication help anybody overcome something similar?

    If not, what did? I'm trying to motivate myself to make it to the gym but nothing really gets me going. Help!


    Depression is a vicious cycle for some folks. Exercise, bright light, change in routine, change in environment / social exposure, as well as meds, can break the cycle. Meds can create a dependency which a good doctor (sounds like you have) wouldn't want you to have.

    In August, I'll be in my 35'th year of lifting. There's a point, in almost every session, where I FEEL the chemical processes that the exercise creates. Most master athletes call it "hitting the zone." When I hit the zone, everything feels different, from mood, to endurance.

    If you're untrained, find an activity you like, along with resistance training, that you enjoy. Be consistent, persistent, and patient, and see where it leads.

    Understand, you have a PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to take care of yourself. It's something I, the shrink, or your best friend cannot do for you. You have to do that from within.

    Get off your ass. Point one front in front of the other. March out the door. Get it done. Take control of your life back.
    Things as simple as sunlight can fix the depression of many folks. Same thing about getting busy.
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    Jun 25, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI am diagnosed with chronic depression. Meds did not work for me, at all. All of the side effects just made me more depressed. So, I did about three months worth of therapy, and created strategies for dealing with the problem.

    So, I got into fitness. I work out 3-7 times a week, even if it is just for 20 minutes (thanks HIIT!) and my symptoms are way less frequent. Where I used to be depressed a good eight months out of the year, I now have only a few episodes a year lasting no more than a few days.

    While the exercise is an excellent strategy, I recommend talking to a therapist to find out what brings on a spell of depression and how to deal with it.

    Oh, and depression isn't a decision. Not doing anything about it is though.


    Exercise has some truly amazing effects on the body's systems, endorphines being one.

    Logan, a type 1 diabetic, dealt with this before. Having a chronic disease can be a drag. It pains me to watch him go high, or low, and I wish I could fix it for him.

    Thankfully, one of the very first things Obama did was reinstate the research being done on beta cells (GOP and Bush had stopped it.).

    It's think it's completely possible to see a cure in the next decade.

    Many diabetics suffer from low androgen and are hypo-gonadal. You should get your testosterone checked and if it's low, or even sub-standard, get going on some testosterone / AAS. It's good medicine, and will promote a sense of well being along with the many other positive effects it provides.

    The hormonal route is MUCH better than anti-depressants which have a long list of side effects. It can also be less money, in that compounded testosterone can be as little as $30 monthly.


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    Almost everyone has encountered depression at some point.

    You have to chose to change whatever it is you're doing and move on in life.
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    Jun 25, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI am diagnosed with chronic depression. Meds did not work for me, at all. All of the side effects just made me more depressed. So, I did about three months worth of therapy, and created strategies for dealing with the problem.

    So, I got into fitness. I work out 3-7 times a week, even if it is just for 20 minutes (thanks HIIT!) and my symptoms are way less frequent. Where I used to be depressed a good eight months out of the year, I now have only a few episodes a year lasting no more than a few days.

    While the exercise is an excellent strategy, I recommend talking to a therapist to find out what brings on a spell of depression and how to deal with it.

    Oh, and depression isn't a decision. Not doing anything about it is though.


    Ur still in ur twenties bro...u have no clue wut depression is yeticon_lol.gif Someone made money off of u, by diagnosing u wit chronic depression. Anything in LIFE is decision, choice or consequence...remember daticon_exclaim.gif If u can not motivate urself, then u may not survive in this systemicon_eek.gif
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    Jun 25, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    I've been in the same situation.

    Things that have helped me very well are....

    Exercise
    Eat Healthy
    And I'm on 20mg of Prozac a day.

    Also, yoga was recommended by my doctor.

    So far everything has been great!
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    Jun 25, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    Depression is not a decision. Sometimes, it's an appropriate response to one's life situation -- after a death for example -- but chronic depression (dysthymia) is a condition that, according to recent research, does not respond to medication any better than a placebo. In cases of acute depression, antidepressants may be helpful.

    You did not say which kind of depression you were diagnosed with, Quarter. Is this your first bout of depression or have you had earlier episodes?

    Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, actually works better at improving mood than antidepressants in cases of chronic depression. But, as you've noted, depression is so exhausting that it's hard to muster the energy to work out.

    I've found with clients that if I can get them through the first two weeks, the exercise becomes rewarding enough that they usually continue on their own.

    Learning, with a therapist's help, to recognize what triggers your depressive episodes and how to respond most effectively is helpful.

    I don't recommend many self-help books to clients, but I think this one, which was ahead of its time when it was published, is very useful:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Way-through-Depression-Unhappiness/dp/1593851286

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    Jun 25, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidDepression is not a decision. Sometimes, it's an appropriate response to one's life situation -- after a death for example -- but chronic depression (dysthymia) is a condition that, according to recent research, does not respond to medication any better than a placebo. In cases of acute depression, antidepressants may be helpful.

    You did not say which kind of depression you were diagnosed with, Quarter. Is this your first bout of depression or have you had earlier episodes?

    Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, actually works better at improving mood than antidepressants in cases of chronic depression. But, as you've noted, depression is so exhausting that it's hard to muster the energy to work out.

    I've found with clients that if I can get them through the first two weeks, the exercise becomes rewarding enough that they usually continue on their own.

    Learning, with a therapist's help, to recognize what triggers your depressive episodes and how to respond most effectively is helpful.

    I don't recommend many self-help books to clients, but I think this one, which was ahead of its time when it was published, is very useful:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mindful-Way-through-Depression-Unhappiness/dp/1593851286


    Thanks for saying what I didn't.

    Get busy.
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    Jun 25, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    masculine31 saidUr still in ur twenties bro...u have no clue wut depression is yeticon_lol.gif Someone made money off of u, by diagnosing u wit chronic depression. Anything in LIFE is decision, choice or consequence...remmber daticon_exclaim.gif If u can not motivate urself, then u may not survive in this systemicon_eek.gif


    The doctor who made the diagnosis made no money off of me and you are a fucking idiot... bro.

    I imagine you are confusing 'the blues' with depression. They are not the same thing.
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    Jun 25, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    masculine31 saidUr still in ur twenties bro...u have no clue wut depression is yeticon_lol.gif Someone made money off of u, by diagnosing u wit chronic depression. Anything in LIFE is decision, choice or consequence...remmber daticon_exclaim.gif If u can not motivate urself, then u may not survive in this systemicon_eek.gif


    The doctor who made the diagnosis made no money off of me and you are a fucking idiot... bro.

    I imagine you are confusing 'the blues' with depression. They are not the same thing.


    Dawg..u have a *ANGER MANAGEMENT* issueicon_exclaim.gif Not depressionicon_lol.gif