Depression may be a possibility but it would be advantageous to undergo a medical evaluation to determine if there is a physical problem. Fatigue and exhaustion may be side effects of thyroid problems or other medical problems.
If I were interviewing you in person, I would also inquire about your sleep habits. Inconsistent sleep patterns can make someone feel exhausted. If you’re getting inadequate amounts of sleep, this could be contributing to the problem.
I would encourage you to begin documenting how you feel and when you feel it. Having this documentation can help you to uncover what may be wrong. There seems to be a pattern to your symptoms.
I’m also curious about what exactly you mean by “clouded thinking.” It’s unclear whether or not this is related to depression. It may be that during these periods of time you are fatigued and that would then explain your cloudiness.
In addition to having a physical evaluation, I would also recommend seeing a mental health professional. Undergoing a mental health evaluation could help to determine what is wrong. You may not need therapy but it’s always wise to consult a specialist in case a mental health problem is present. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog