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There is an increased risk of developing depression after suffering a TBI or other diseases of the CNS, such as stroke. Depression can be treated in different ways, for instance by administering Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) drugs. A low dose of an anti-depressant may also reduce the emotional lability and irritability in persons suffering from mental fatigue, but anti-depressants are not effective in treating the mental fatigue itself.

It is of the utmost importance to distinguish between mental fatigue and depression. Each symptom can appear on its own, but they sometimes occur simultaneously. Many symptoms overlap, but the core symptoms of the two states are different. Persons suffering from mental fatigue present a clear picture of fatigue which is related to concentration and attention and in particular the degree of mental load. The fatigue fluctuates over the day, and the recovery period can be long. Persons suffering from depression present low-spiritedness and a decreased interest in their surroundings. Many also find it difficult to feel pleasure, experiencing fatigue throughout the day.

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