Depression and other forms of mental illness can be a symptom of Anemia. Or it can co-occur creating a dangerous mindset.
If your body is saying, ” I am so tired” all the time. It is important to uncover why.
A simple blood test can rule out Anemia.
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells.
Iron-deficiency anemia occurs because of a lack of the mineral iron in the body. Bone marrow in the center of the bone needs iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that transports oxygen to the body’s organs. Without adequate iron, the body cannot produce enough hemoglobin for red blood cells.
Vitamin-deficiency anemia may occur when vitamin B-12 or folate are deficient. These two vitamins are needed to make red blood cells.
Anemia can also occur when there are too few hormones necessary for red blood cell production such as Hypothyroidism.
Symptoms common to many types of anemia include the following:
- Easy fatigue and loss of energy
- Unusually rapid heart beat, particularly with exercise
- Shortness of breath and headache, particularly with exercise
- Difficulty concentrating
- Pale skin
- Leg cramps
Other symptoms are associated with specific forms of anemia.
- Hunger for strange substances such as paper, ice, or dirt (a condition called pica).
- Upward curvature of the nails referred to as koilonychias.
- Soreness of the mouth with cracks at the corners.
- A tingling, “pins and needles” sensation in the hands or feet.
- Lost sense of touch.
- A wobbly gait and difficulty walking.
- Clumsiness and stiffness of the arms and legs.
- Hallucinations, paranoia, and schizophrenia.