7 Warning Signs That Indicate You're Mentally And Emotionally Exhausted
Virtually all of us face times in life when we feel emotionally and mentally stretched beyond our limits. Though scientists continue to debate the root causes of our mental and emotional exhaustion, whether nature or nurture, the fact that this condition exists is a proven fact.
Dr. Zul Merli, president and CEO at The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research at the University of Ottowa, Canada says that both genetics and life experiences come into play when it comes to mental and emotional fatigue.
He recently stated in an interview that "We are all born with serotonin, which binds with the brain receptors. You can have genetic mutations where you might be born with genes that produce high levels of serotonin, or they might produce low levels of serotonin. Those who are born with low serotonin levels may function properly, but all it can take is a couple of stressful or traumatic events that can cause them to become depressed or mentally and emotionally exhausted.”
So how can you tell if you or someone you love is experiencing mental and emotional fatigue? Here are a few signs Dr. Merali says to look out for:
1. Detachment from Other People and Events
When people are mentally and emotionally exhausted, they may become depressed. This can lead them to isolate themselves from the world around them. They don't want to have to deal with the emotional and mental toll of interacting with other people. So they just cut themselves off and live in their own little world. What they think will help them to cope, however, is exactly the opposite of what these people need.
Social interaction is a basic human need, and depriving oneself of it tends to worsen feelings of depression over time.
2. Overwhelming Sense of Sadness
All of us feel a bit blue from time to time, but someone who is experiencing emotional and mental exhaustion and depression will often feel overwhelmed by near-constant feelings of sadness. They frequently sob when they're alone, and can even start to break down for seemingly no reason when they're in public.
3. Lack of Appetite
Due to changes in hormone levels as a result of the emotional and mental fatigue and depression a person may lose their desire to eat. Even tasty treats that they normally love won't induce them to indulge like they typically would.
4. Decrease in Patience
A lowered patience level goes hand-in-hand with mental and emotional exhaustion. If you notice someone constantly having a short fuse over little things that individual may be suffering from depression and mental/emotional fatigue.
5. Sleep Problems
Some depressed and mentally and emotionally exhausted people seek to sleep away their lives as an escape mechanism. Others will find it extremely difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Both sleeplessness and too much sleep are a recipe for disaster when it comes to coping with this condition.
6. Low Motivation Level
Feeling unmotivated is a common sign of depression and mental/emotional exhaustion. These people feel like they've already been pushed beyond their tolerance threshold even when it seems to others that they're "doing nothing." That's the toll that depression can take on the mind and body.
7. Chronic Irritability
Since they see no hope of improving their constant mental state, emotionally and mentally exhausted and depressed people live in a state of aggravation. They tend to get frustrated easily and lash out at those around them.
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