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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why am I mentally exhausted all the time? And what can I do to fix it?

    Hello! I'm a YA F, leading a pretty healthy lifestyle. I exercise almost everyday, eat decently, do yoga, get plenty of sleep, etc. I have struggled with depression and anxiety, so I even do some extra little things to try to fight those, like take herbs, hot baths at night to relax, and cold showers in the mornings (which are *supposed* to boost mood as well as give you energy.) I feel like I'm doing everything right, and more. Yet everyday I feel this overwhelming mental exhaustion. After coming home from a 6 hour shift, I feel like I've worked for 12 hours and just want to crawl in bed for the rest of the day. On my days off, it's extremely hard getting myself out of bed, and when I do manage, it's a struggle to get myself to do anything productive. Even if it's something I *want* to do, like get my hair cut, or work on my blog. Even the thought makes me tired. All I want to do is lay in bed all day. It's interfering with my life. But it doesn't feel like depression. What is it?
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  • I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about ... View Profile

    To find out what is causing your fatigue, it would be important to start with a visit to your GP, who can arrange some initial tests to determine whether there is a physical cause - this would be the first thing to check out before assuming there is a psychological cause. Common causes for young women may include low iron levels, for example. If these initial tests come back within the normal range, your GP can advise you re next steps. All the best.

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