Intense Depressive Symptoms Post-Workout

What kind of depressive symptoms are you guys having?

I don’t really have depression, but my symptoms get much more worse after working out. I don’t know why, it doesn’t make any sense to me…

About a week I think. Took about two weeks to completely get back to baseline ish, but shortly after I had a crash and was well below baseline for quite a while anyway and am not sure why that ended up happening. I think I became more fragile after the workout.

The workout pretty much instantly increased symptoms after a couple hours. Had severe suicidal thoughts.

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Yeah I had this too for about six months post crash, has gone away thankfully. Love exercising now, helps me take my mind off this shit. Even if it’s just for a while.

It happened to me 1.5 years post crash. Thought it wasn’t possible and was really looking forward to a good workout. I haven’t tried going to the gym after that as I’m too scared to be in that state of mind again.

So sorry to hear that man.

Guys make sure you’re not overtraining. Feeling like a train wreck post workout is a telltale sign of overtraining. I get it too sometimes when I over do it at the gym and that’s why I now opt for 4 days on/3 days off split (6 days previously). Resistance/Cardio combo should be done in moderation. I’d say 15-20mins Max. for cardio. This allows the body to recover from intense workouts and hence reaping the effects of exercise. Also, make sure you’re not underfed (~2500 kcal with sufficient fats/carbs/protein) and getting 7-8hrs of quality sleep.


When do you workout, morning time or evening time, probably late night?

for me training keeps me making pleasure, or at least hope not to gain overweight. i dont do heavy weights, mainly just abdominal training since all my muscles elsewhere weakened.

Do you take some protein high carbs beverage when you do your training?

Because actually sugar spikes makes me bring to the same condition.

When I was doing low carb diet for a few months I felt good enough even when training.

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Heyy sikllinfil, offtopic: have you improved physically with trainings? Like reduced fat and stuff? Thanks man

I am not training hard at all. I run one or 2 times a week 40 min and just do some weight training like 20min one time a week so I am not comparable to you.

I just feel it helps improving the mood nothing else.

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I get a strong wave of depression after weight-lifting, yes. It has a weirdly ‘artificial’ feel to it, and kicks in right after the session. It is bad enough to cause me to avoid lifting weights. Moderate/ short HIT cardio doesn’t cause problems.

If you search you will find other threads dating back a while on the depression / weight-lifting thing.

I used to get this depressive mood a lot when I’ve been on Corticosteroids in the past. Corticosteroids must have suppressed my adrenals leading to lowered Cortisol output. Cortisol is body’s natural mechanism to adapt with stress (mental & physical). Working out can be too taxing on compromised adrenals leading to symptoms of depression afterwards. Even nowadays I know it when I over train and feel like crap later. Go very gentle on the workout and avoid intensive workout by all means. 30mins of moderate workout should suffice. Getting enough sleep and daily calories is also critical.

If problem persists, then check your Cortisol, DHEA-s, Testosterone, and Thyroid. Godspeed

Fortunately I don’t have this problem, try to change the training schedule.

I have been non stop lifting since I got to college. I started accutane in college. AND LET ME TELL YOU. i am 100% with you, I always go into deep depression post workout. I am so glad someone else is experiencing this! Working out is an addiction for me but the downfall afterwards sucks. I notice when i take a week off to fully recover i feel better. I wish there was a way to prevent this. Is this due to an upregulation of testosterone?

To all the members who feel worse after lifting weights, could you please answer the following questions:

  • How much worse do you feel?

  • What symptoms get worse?

  • How long do you feel worse for?

  • Do you have the same reaction to cardiovascular exercise or does it do nothing/make you feel better, and if it makes you feel better, what symptoms does it improve?

  1. A weird artificial depression feeling starts off. Moderate depression.
  2. Depression is the most noticeable standout, but includes general worsening of symptoms.
  3. A few days, then it passes. I have tried weights programmes a few times, and had to abandon due to the worsened symptoms. I won’t be attempting again because don’t want further worsening of symptoms.
  4. No, cardio does not produce the same problem. Cardio does not improve much in symptoms, just a slight improvement in energy levels.
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I would assume people here feel worse after working out due to excess levels of testosterone converting into estrogen, this happens to me to and I get a tingling feeling in my nipple area which is were gyno has formed.

When I go to the gym I do both weights and cardio.

I don’t notice an immediate change in symptoms, aside from shrinkage, which can be near it’s worst after working out. I believe that even in healthy people, working muscles can mean that blood can get diverted, so I’m not sure it’s indicative of weights and cardio being bad for me. I generally walk away feeling tired but not depressed, etc.