Fatigue and Bipolar
Fatigue is a common problem, and is thought to affect up to 10% of the world. People with bipolar disorder can be more prone to suffer with fatigue-like symptoms due to the intense variation in moods associated with the condition.
Fatigue is likely to come with a depressive episode, when the brain is far less active, and is also likely to occur following a manic episode, as the person with bipolar disorder is unable to cope with the draining effects.
Fatigue may make the person feel as though they have an overwhelming need to sleep all the time, however when they do sleep they do not feel refreshed when they wake up, and will often want to sleep more.
Other signs of fatigue include:
- Difficulty moving – it may feel like your limbs are heavier than normal
- Feeling lethargic
- Working at a much slower pace than you normally would due to loss of concentration
- Issues with memory, especially short term.
- A drop in motivation, which may include a lack of interest in activities they would previously find engaging and interesting, preferring to spend time resting.
- You may also have a much shorter temper than usual and be very irritable due to the strong desire for sleep that you’re feeling
- Loss of appetite
There are many ways to combat fatigue, and small steps can be taken even while feeling at the lowest point in order to help get back on top of life.
It is important to keep a close eye on your diet as a general rule, however it could become even more important during periods of fatigue, as there are foods that can help fight off the symptoms.
Avoiding processed foods is vital, as the chemicals and preservatives they are laden with are likely to cause symptoms of lethargy to be much worse. While it may seem much easier to stick a meal in the microwave when energy is lacking, it would be much better overall to try and create something simple from fresh ingredients.
Next page: more ways to fight fatigue.