My Forum Comments
I agree with Penny. It sounds like ADHD Fatigue. I wasn’t diagnosed until a few months ago and I’m 25. I originally began my journey searching for reasons as to why I was always so exhausted. They thought it was my thyroids but my health turned out to be in perfect condition and upon further exploration of things that could be effecting me, came the diagnosis of ADHD which explained my exhaustion and TONS of other things about me.
Not sure if you’ll relate but I found out that my exhaustion was due to two ADHD related things.
1. was the fact that I am a crazy sleeper and wake up about 2-4 times a night on average so even though I think I’ve slept a full night, my body was tossing and turning and my brain didn’t get the continuous deep sleep it needed to deem it a “restful” sleep.
The second thing that contributed to my fatigue was a lack of stimulation. I thought that something was very wrong with me when I couldn’t keep my eyes open or my head up during work meetings/at my desk/etc. but it turns out that (in simple terms) I was just incredibly bored/disinterested/under stimulated.
I was constantly exhausted like this for about 5 years. My psychiatrist and I suspect that the reason I did not begin to have problems with fatigue until these past few years was because up until about 5 years ago I was a VERY active individual. I lifted weights every other day and ran for about 45 mins to an hour EVERY day AND had a very active job. Some research has shown that people with ADHD who lead very active lives are able to by pass using medication because working out supplements the dopamine that we can’t produce enough of on our own that we would normally need from medication. Unfortunately, the life I lead now involves a full-time government job while simultaneously working on getting my Masters Degree which means that trying to go for an hour long run every day plus lifting weights every other day hardly fits into my schedule. What has helped me to overcome the fatigue (and lots of other ADHD related problems) is medication. So there are a couple of options I would suggest trying from my experiences.
1. Try incorporating some sort of physical activity or workout for an hour each day
2. see a doctor about getting on some medication.
Like I said, I don’t know how much of my situation you might be able to relate to but I hope that my experiences give you some insight into some possible options that might help you.
I have not actually! I didn’t realize that I could use the school as a resource. I will definitely look into that.
I do agree that they should be cautious about handing out meds and my initial approach was simply to get a diagnosis and go from there but after a couple of sessions where she only asked me to answer yes/no to symptoms, I assumed she would then proceed with getting to know me and talking to me about the context in which I exhibit the symptoms I said yes to. However, instead of doing this, she simply decided I exhibited symptoms of depression, anxiety, and hyperactive/inattentive ADHD and proceeded to try and convince me to take depression medication and complete exercises for depression without listening to me when I would say, “I know it looks like depression but I’ve experienced that before due to x circumstances, however, I am no longer depressed, I am happy and love my life but I’m still having problems with completing my assignments at work/home, and keeping my home clean and taking care of myself and so here I am.”
She has even said herself that I do not appear depressed and that the symptoms I exhibit are MILDLY depressive but she continues trying to push me toward treatment for depression while ignoring any treatment for ADHD or even anxiety.
At this point it feels as if I am more educated in distinguishing between real depression and depression symptoms caused by ADHD after extensive research over the last two months than these two psychologists.
I’ll be moving on to seeing an entirely new mental health physician this week and this next person is actually a psychiatrist rather than a psychologist so I’m hoping that they will be more helpful.
Thank you for your feedback. It’s reassuring to feel understood on this website since I haven’t yet encountered that in the medical/psychological world.
Thank you for that advice. I wasn’t sure if I should continue with this psychologist or move on and my gut feeling was that I should move on but I needed someone to confirm that that was probably the right move. I’m seeing a new psychiatrist in a few days so hopefully what you say about a psychiatrist being more helpful than a psychologist will be true in this case. And thank you for the literature, they were both helpful reads!
I appreciate your insight into the medication alternatives but that route is much too expensive for me. I guess what I’m looking to do is combine medication with the time-management and priority/goal setting strategies I already know because my strategies are no longer enough on their own. It’s just frustrating to have someone trying to treat me for depression when 1. I don’t have that and 2. I’m not asking for help with that.
But thank you anyway.