On World Mental Health Day it is important to realise that

DEPRESSION CAN BE A PAIN

Body and mind are very closely linked so they can never be treated  as separate. Physical pain can actually be caused by depression and, not surprisingly, both acute and chronic pain can also lead to depression.

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Sleep Problems

 

Depression can affect your body as well as your mind. Trouble falling or staying asleep is common in people who are depressed. But some may find that they get too much shut-eye.

 

 

 

 

 

Chest Pain

It can be a sign of heart, lung, or stomach problems, so see your doctor to rule out those causes. Sometimes, though, it’s a symptom of depression. Depression can also raise your risk of heart disease. Plus, people who’ve had heart attacks are more likely to be depressed.

 

 

 

Fatigue and Exhaustion

 

If you feel so tired that you don’t have energy for everyday tasks — even when you sleep or rest a lot — it may be a sign that you’re depressed. Depression and fatigue together tend to make both conditions seem worse.

 

 

 

 

 

Aching Muscles and Joints

When you live with ongoing pain it can raise your risk of depression.

Depression may also lead to pain because the two conditions share chemical messengers in the brain. People who are depressed are three times as likely to get regular pain.

 

 

 

Digestive Problems

 

Our brains and digestive systems are strongly connected, which is why many of us get stomachaches or nausea when we’re stressed or worried.

Depression can get you in your gut too — causing nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation.

 

 

 

 

 

Headaches

One study shows that people with major depression are three times more likely to have migraines, and people with migraines are five times more likely to get depressed.

 

 

 

 

Changes in Appetite or Weight

 

Some people feel less hungry when they get depressed. Others can’t stop eating. The result can be weight gain or loss, along with lack of energy.

Depression has been linked to eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating.

 

 

 

 

Back Pain

 

When it hurts you there on a regular basis, it may contribute to depression. And people who are depressed may be four times more likely to get intense, disabling neck or back pain.

 

 

 

 

 

Agitated and Restless

 

 

Sleep problems or other depression symptoms can make you feel this way. Men are more likely than women to be irritable when they’re depressed.

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual Problems

 

If you’re depressed, you might lose your interest in sex. Some prescription drugs that treat depression can also take away your drive and affect performance. Talk to your doctor about your medicine options.

 

 

 

 

Exercise

 

Research suggests that if you do it regularly, it releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, improve your mood, and reduce your sensitivity to pain.

Although physical activity alone won’t cure depression, it can help ease it over the long term.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.webmd.com/depression/ss/slideshow-physical-symptoms-depression

2020-10-10T13:47:37+01:00 October 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|