Anti-depressants for physical symptoms

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I have experienced, fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, lack of concentration, lack of motivation and memory problems (also self-harm a few years ago) which have not been diagnosed despite different tests. The only thing they could think of was low iron but even when taking extra iron there's no change 

One thing that has been suggested is depression and it seems to fit the bill although my mood tends to be an up and down thing. I worry that because I'm not "down" all the time, I can be upbeat at times but othes I'm ittitable and just don't want to do anything at all.

Does this sound similar to anyone?

The fatigue is the thing that is effecting me daily and I struggle with a lot! Also my anxiety levels have gone up over the past year.

Does anyone have suggestions on if anti-depressants would help with my symptoms?

I'm concerned as a lot of the side effects are the reason I'd want to take them! Are the side effects constant or only for the first few weeks?

I know a lot of people say therapy and exercise help too but I just don't have the energy to do them. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    they all have side effects worse luck but it sounds like depression and anxiety and Antidepressants will help but may take time to work and get over side effects but you will feel better. Everones make up is different what works for one may not work for others. Be kind to yourself. I think lack of iron makes you tired not depressed.cheers  
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    Hello, not a lecture. The fatigue you are experiencing sounds (to me) like depression, horrible thing and it changes your outlook on everything. What would it hurt to try anti depressants? At least give them a try and then decide X
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    All the symptoms you describe sound exactly like depression. I would advise you to try anti depressants, they might help. The self harm I have been through with my daughter years ago and did a lot of research into it. It may be the situation you are in because self harm is the only feeling of control in your life. It is a horrible compulsion but at the moment it may feel that it is the only feeling of relief you can get. Please try the anti depressants because who knows they might calm your feelings so you can think more clearly. Xx
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      Thank you for your thoughts, I have had one more blood test and am seeing my Dr again shortly - either it's my iron and if that's the case she's sending me to a specialist and if not we will be discussing more emotional/psychological issues.

      Can't wait for a bit of progress!

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