How do we dis­tin­guish be­tween the over­whelm­ing fa­tigue of our lu­pus and de­pres­sion? Ok­la­homa City, OK

Wellness Update - - Fatigue And Lupus -

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.

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