A: I know you say you don’t think you are depressed, but you have listed many symptoms of depression within your question. Depression doesn’t always include the subjective experience of feeling “depressed,” such as sadness and crying. Some of the symptoms also include the loss of interest in pleasurable activities, fatigue or loss of energy, problems with sleep, poor concentration or memory, feelings of worthlessness, and excessive guilt. Many times this can translate into feeling unmotivated and unproductive. It is also common for people to withdraw socially, possibly because of the energy required to interact with others, or because they have more anxiety than usual.
Memory problems can be one of the first signs of stress. I look at it like this: if the system is overloaded and you aren’t concentrating well, typical information doesn’t make it to the “memory bank” to be retrieved later. Memory problems can be caused by many things, both psychological and medical.
There are lots of studies that show that a healthy diet and exercise is one of the best ways to improve mood and energy levels, so this is something you can do on your own. You might also want to consider some vitamins and supplements, if you haven’t already. Finally, I’d suggest seeing your medical doctor to get some lab work completed to rule out medical causes, and if things don’t improve soon, I would also suggest finding a good therapist. Hope you feel better soon.
All the best,
Dr. Holly Counts