Well.....did you know, that the symptoms of overtraining and depression are almost impossible to differentiate?
Let's just list down a few symptoms that most of us will think of when we utter the word overtrained.
Tiredness.....general feelings of fatigue.....poor appetite (and perhaps coupled with loss of weight)......loss of drive.....feeling empty....loss of focus.....disturbed sleeping patterns......irritability......loss of interest......feeling low in mood.....
(of course there's also high resting heart rate, poor immune system and the works depending on whether it's the sympathetic sort of the parasympathetic type of overtraining....but that's another topic all together)
Flip open the DSM-IV directory and scroll around to Depression.....and you'd probably find the same symptoms listed as well.
Are you surprised?!
Well.....I kinda was.
I mean here we're touting exercise as a natural remedy towards curing a mild case of the blues and you're telling me that too much of a good thing makes one depress!?!?!
Wow.......they weren't kidding about moderation.
So now the golden question.
How do you differentiate?
Well.....if only I knew!!
Here's the annoying bit about medicine that the general layman does not seem to understand.
Most of the things in medicine are never black and white.
There's a huge chuck of things left in the grey, unsure area and sometimes what you think is correct at the moment will indefinitely be proved wrong in a couple of years time?
In fact....the word diagnosis literally means "an educated guess".
(at least that much I understand why some people gravitate to orthopaedics.....you see a fracture, you fix the fracture, everyone goes home happy....)
So if you find yourself in such a fix, what are you gonna do about it?
(well...for one, don't message me on Facebook for an online consultation.....that would be good for starters!!)
Well....try talking to someone.
Someone with perspective. Someone who knows what he or she is talking about.
You could also try laying off your sport for a duration of time. That is after all the whole basis of the word, REST.
Fuel up properly......no more nonsense on getting to or maintaining "race weight" at this point.
It honestly won't help you score a PB if all you feel like doing is ending your freakin life.
If "conservative" management doesn't work.....well, there's no shame in admitting that you may have a problem.....even if that problem goes by the name of Depression.
And....if that's the case......seek help.
Trust me on that. It was the best thing I've ever done for myself.
Merry Christmas, and God bless.