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Forums / Treatments, health professionals and therapies / depression as a result of iron deficient anaemia

Topic: depression as a result of iron deficient anaemia

6 posts, 0 answered
  1. SL
    SL avatar
    4 posts
    14 July 2013

    am i crazy or can this truly be real

    my health for the past few months has been disastrous, i had a blood test which showed that i was actually severely iron deficient and anaemic. i was prescribed iron and folic acid tablets to bring my numbers up, but because of how severe my levels were i had to take them for longer than usual. its only recently that ive found im feeling like a different person, the tablets are supposed to help bring my energy levels up but i still feel lethargic and my mood has completely changed. im irritated, lethargic,overly emotional for no real reason, my thoughts are getting the better of me, ive withdrawn myself from my friends and im generally unhappy. its been going on for a month now, these constant feelings, i read that depression may be a side effect of iron deficiency anaemia but i dont understand how and i was wondering if anyone else out there might have this?

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  2. Jo3
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    2245 posts
    14 July 2013

    Hi SL

    I have been severely anaemic for years.  I took iron tablets for many years.  But last year I changed doctors and he decided that i needed iron injections.  I had to go weekly for 5 weeks and have an injection every week.  I just recently had my iron levels checked and to my surprise I am not anaemic anymore.  I  was feeling very lethargic, no motivation, depressed and just didn't want to do anything. 

    Please see your doctor for some iron injections.  They will help you feel so much better and your depression may be better as well.

     Good luck, let me know how you go.








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  3. S.A.D.
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    265 posts
    15 July 2013 in reply to SL

    google "homeostasis" now.

    Anaemia represents a significant imbalance in the chemical composition of your blood. There are biological triggers that affect our behaviour and mental processes. Anything that makes you feel physically uncomfortable will usually result in a significant change, which can be called a symptom.

    Iron deficiency results in a drastic loss of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin, which means the cells of your body, including your brain, are starved of oxygen and start to malfunction. This is why you were told that the tablets would raise your energy levels.

    What happens if you hold yourself upside down for a long time, and then suddenly stand up straight? You lose your balance, right? This is called habituation, where you get used to unusual conditions and adapt in an attempt to make the best of a bad situation.

    You have become habituated to iron deficiency, and the raising of your levels feels strange. Your discomfort is natural and will probably subside soon. If it doesn't, go back to your GP for a check up. There may be something else wrong, and the correcting of your iron has forced the symptoms of this other condition to the surface.

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  4. Demask
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    1 posts
    25 October 2017 in reply to SL
    I also had very low iron levels , I have isolated my self from friends and family, I had no motivation, no energy and even let my hygiene slip . I went from being house proud to just not caring about anything. Been very depressed and emotional, , yesterday I went to hospital and had an iron transfusion, they told me it would take a few weeks before I felt the effects . Today I have mowed lawns used the whipper snipper and been shopping, . I can't believe the change in how I feel !!
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  5. Diddles
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    3 posts
    8 November 2017 in reply to Demask
    This makes me so hopeful. I'm booked in for an iron infusion in a couple of weeks. I feel so down at the moment and can't find the energy to get myself out of my mood.
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  6. Eviemac
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    1 posts
    5 April 2018 in reply to S.A.D.
    Thanks, your post was really helpful, and explains why I am feeling this way.

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