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Physical Clues That You Might Be Depressed

Depression Physical Effects

    Do you feel exhausted very often? Do you face trouble falling asleep? Do you find it difficult to concentrate on your work?

    If your answer is yes, to all these questions, then you might be showing signs of depression.

    Depression is manifested as signs of mental illness such as sadness, anger, and anxiety. But do you know that there are other symptoms too, which is shown by your body when you are depressed? Yes, there are some physical symptoms of depression. Depression and chronic pain go hand in hand. Many people with depression don’t realize that pain is the main symptom of it. When people are aware of the possible symptoms of depression, they can detect depression early which helps in getting treatment and prevents the condition from becoming worse. [ You May like this: What Is Crippling Depression]

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    Most people with depression often complain of headaches or a migraine. Migraines and depression are closely related to each other. People who experience frequent migraine headaches state having a lower quality of life when compared to people with occasional headaches. And people, who already experience headaches, noticed the symptoms of worsening headache after an episode of depression.

    Chest Pain:

    Though chest pain can often be a sign of serious heart problems, it is even linked with depression. Depressed people tend to have frequent chest pain, even in the absence of heart disease. Patients with depression are likely to experience chest pain more often than those without depression. A decrease in the frequency of chest pain is observed in most people when the severity of depression symptoms is reduced. So, anyone with chest pain should consult an expert right away to rule out the cause. [ You May like this: Five Out Of 10 In Private Sector Effects To Depression ]

    Back Pain:

    If people already suffer from back pain, depression makes it worse. People with depression are more likely to develop intense or disabling neck and low back pain than those who are not depressed. In many cases, spine surgery patients who are clinically depressed before their surgery may continue to exhibit depressive symptoms post-surgery which can negatively impact the surgery outcome. Hence, psychological variables such as depression and anxiety can be associated with the onset of back pain.

    Joint pains:

    Stiffness, inflammation, and damage to the joint cartilage can actually be signs of depression. Depression can drain your energy and make it harder to take care of yourself. People with depression tend to have more cytokines than normal. Cytokines are proteins of the immune system that promotes inflammation. Thus, depression may onset muscle and joint pains and even worsen the existing pain.

    Digestive problems:

    Nausea, diarrhea, and chronic constipation can rise from depression. Most people with irritable bowel syndrome are diagnosed with a psychological disorder such as depression or anxiety. Digestive problems are often followed by an episode of depression. Therefore, depression can be a possible cause of digestive disorders and it needs to be investigated before undergoing any treatments.

    Exhaustion and fatigue:

    As mentioned earlier, depression can sap your energy and motivation. This makes you feel tired no matter how much you sleep. People who are depressed are more likely to develop unexplained fatigue which makes it more difficult for them to focus on their work. When people are depressed, they feel very tired regardless of the activity or the required amount of effort. [ You May like this: Physical And Mental Effects Of Depression ]

    Sleep disturbances:

    Depressed people often have difficulty falling asleep. While sleep deprivation can be caused by other medical illness, depression can be one of the reasons. Depressed individuals may often exhibit a range of insomnia symptoms including difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep and daytime sleepiness.


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