DietDoc looks at the role that psychological conditions, medicines and unbalanced diets (caused by food allergies, slimming diets and eating disorders) may play in chronic fatigue.
In this second article devoted to conditions that can cause extreme exhaustion and the dietary factors that can possibly assist those people who struggle to stay awake or get up in the morning and are always feeling totally knocked out, we will consider psychological, and medication-induced exhaustion, as well as the role that unbalanced diets may play.
From a dietary point of view, patients who have been exposed to stress, constantly suffer from anxiety, or are struggling with depression, need to ensure that they are eating a balanced diet which should provide them with sufficient vitamins, minerals and energy.
Unfortunately many psychiatric conditions of varying severity, can interfere with normal food intake. Someone who is deeply depressed may forget to eat or only eat "comfort food". Vitamin and mineral deficiencies induced by poor eating habits can worsen neurological function and create a vicious cycle of a mental disorder leading to poor eating habits leading to nutrient deficiencies which in turn exacerbate the mental condition.
Discuss the use of a complete vitamin and mineral supplement with your psychologist and ask to be referred to a registered dietician if you are not eating a balanced diet. The dietician will be able to guide you back to eating healthy foods and regular meals which can make all the difference to your mental health and the speed of your recovery.