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Old 05-21-2010, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am a 20 year old female. weigh about 110-115 pounds. i eat very healthy. once in a while i will have a treat like a chocolate or something on fridays, other than that, a lot of nuts, fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains and i drink a lot of water too. i excercise at least a few times a week for at least 30 mins. i stretch in the morning and before going to work. ive been trying 5 hour energy shots. i take vitamin supplements. i dont know what else to do.

why are my energy levels so low? it has been like this for years. at my last physical they didnt know why. i told them i had depression and they said thats probably why. can just depression and SA alone cause this? they said i am perfectly healthy and normal weight too!

what can i do?
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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It's common for girls our age to have low-blood pressure which can lower your energy levels. I have sever low-blood pressure so on occasion I actually pass out.

I don't know if this is your problem, but it is typical of women. I think this is exacerbated during our periods too.
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i'm not a doctor, but imo: yes, blame depression and hormones
periods can sometimes drain energy.

other 'possible' causes:
- too much fruit, or foods with sugar (it makes you sleepy)
*edit: apples actually boost energy, try to stay away from fruit like pineapple and watermelon (very high in sugar).
- too much carbs (even if whole grain, it still makes you sleepy)

try:
- incorporating more protein in your diet (it boosts energy)
- incorporating more 'dark' chocolate (rich in antioxidants, which also boosts energy)
- other forms of exercise (it's not good to do the same thing)
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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thanks for all of the responses. i had a physical not too long ago. im not anemic. during my cycle i take iron from the blood loss....i eat very healthy...i think the blood pressure thing is a good idea. you may be on to something. ive never heard of that until now. i wonder why a hormonal girl would have low blood pressure?

i know that i eat enough...i eat every 2-3 hours. usually nuts, cheese or fruit as a snack . weird.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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i have found that going straight to sleep and not listening to the radio or watching tv in bed has helped me feel more awake during the day! also i try and exercise every day as well! i used to sleep lots, to avoid being awake mostly, and i was v lethargic and wouldnt go outside v often, sometimes i would stay home for days and weeks.

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Old 05-23-2010, 10:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Hello,

Here would be my 2 cents worth:

-try taking a supplement such as a multi-vitamin. In addition, you could trying taking vitamin B-12, which are good energy boosters from my understanding.

-see a doctor, maybe there is an underlying medical condition such as anemia.

-try to work on issues that drain your energy (i.e. depression, stress at work/school etc.).

Help it helps and best of luck,
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I find a lot of people with SA have this problem. It has been explained to me that it probably is depression and there may be some truth to that.
I think there definately could be.

I suffer from extremely low energy levels myself, although I get at least 8 hours sleep a night and don't have an awful diet (although it could be better admittedly!). Most days I feel drained upon getting up and it just goes downhill from there, although I occasionally perk up a little at night. I just feel completely devoid of energy and I'm sure it's from the stress of suffering from anxiety and depression. My doctor actually carried out a complete blood test on me a while back, suspecting I could be suffering from anaemia, but everything came back apparenly fine.

It makes me really worry about how I'm going to be able to cope with a full-time job once I'm done with university... feeling so lethargic all the time is a real problem, and it's certainly not just normal laziness.
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Ironically I have more energy now that I have given up caffeine. Although, I was a hardcore addict - it may not be an issue for people who don't go stupid with the stuff. It was literally making me sick and draining me of energy.
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i find that exercise sometimes help, if you can find the motivation... it really helps me
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I think there definately could be.

I suffer from extremely low energy levels myself, although I get at least 8 hours sleep a night and don't have an awful diet (although it could be better admittedly!). Most days I feel drained upon getting up and it just goes downhill from there, although I occasionally perk up a little at night. I just feel completely devoid of energy and I'm sure it's from the stress of suffering from anxiety and depression. My doctor actually carried out a complete blood test on me a while back, suspecting I could be suffering from anaemia, but everything came back apparenly fine.

It makes me really worry about how I'm going to be able to cope with a full-time job once I'm done with university... feeling so lethargic all the time is a real problem, and it's certainly not just normal laziness.
im the SAME way. we ordered blood tests and they told me theres nothing wrong. must be psychological!
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thanks everyone for the suggestions. i think i might see a doctor or something

because i AM taking vitamins, eating healthy, excercising, i just dont know what the heck else it could be
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Please have a look at the two chair exercise here at this forum:

http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/...-method-91003/

It has energizing effects!
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
 
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me too! i am always so tired....
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