One of the most commonly reported symptoms — if not the most commonly reported symptom — of depression is fatigue. In fact, 90% of people living with depression state that they constantly feel tired, lethargic, exhausted, and have no energy or motivation.
Studies report that even those on antidepressants still can’t seem to beat that fatigued feeling. This is where ketamine comes in.
Ketamine has been shown to help those struggling with treatment-resistant depression, especially when that depression is severe. This includes thoughts of suicide and overall feelings of malaise.
Our team led by Katherine Go, CRNA, at Rejuvenate IV Therapy located in Spring, Texas, offers ketamine infusions to help those living with treatment-resistant depression reduce their symptoms and regain their quality of life. In this blog, we take a closer look at the relationship between fatigue and depression and how ketamine can help.
While there isn’t any one specific thing that links depression and fatigue, the two are closely connected in many different ways.
When you’re clinically depressed, the chemical messengers in your brain (neurotransmitters) struggle to work properly. Depression causes low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is also associated with disturbed sleep, brain fog, and lack of motivation.
75% of people living with depression report having troubles with sleep due to feeling worried or hopeless. This includes having issues both falling asleep and staying asleep, which can leave you feeling fatigued throughout the day.
When you’re depressed, it can be hard to find the motivation to properly care for yourself. This includes getting any type of physical activity or eating food that fuels your body. Both exercise and nutrition are excellent sources of energy for your body, and without them, you’re going to feel run down.
Ketamine is able to help those struggling with severe and treatment-resistant depression by increasing the amount of connections between your brain cells. It’s often thought among experts that those living with depression have fewer brain cell connections, so by increasing your brain cell activity, your symptoms of depression should also decrease.
By ramping up brain activity and decreasing your depression symptoms, you should see that much-needed boost in energy after your ketamine treatment. You may also start getting good sleep at night and have increased motivation to exercise and eat food that can properly fuel your body, all of which can give you more energy.
If you’d like to learn more about how ketamine might be able to give you relief from your chronic fatigue, contact our team by giving us a call at 936-220-3693 or using our online scheduler today.