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When fatigue leaves you drained, depleted, and dumbfounded

When fatigue is persistent, it's essential to learn why.

By , Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
  • Reviewed by Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor

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If you feel as though you're dragging through your days feeling weary, weak, and listless, fatigue has arrived at your doorstep.

But what's the line between feeling fatigued and merely tired? Fatigue means no amount of sleep helps you feel refreshed. Forget about mustering joie de vivre — you can barely get through the day without becoming exhausted.

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About the Author

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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Maureen Salamon is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later covered health and medicine for a wide variety of websites, magazines, and hospitals. Her work has … See Full Bio
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About the Reviewer

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Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor

Dr. Toni Golen is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing in Boston. Dr. Golen completed her residency training at George Washington University Medical Center in 1995, and is an associate professor at Harvard Medical … See Full Bio
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