How do we distinguish between the overwhelming fatigue of our lupus and depression? Oklahoma City, OK
This can be difficult sometimes to distinguish. Often depression will have other symptoms such as crying spells, persistent feeling of sadness, loss of interest in doing things you usually enjoy, or isolating yourself from others. With the fatigue from lupus, you may still enjoy doing things but feel like you don’t have the energy to do them. With depression, you may lose the interest in doing these things, regardless of your energy level. It is very important to discuss your symptoms with a healthcare provider since depression can be a serious illness requiring treatment such as medication or psychological counseling.