In having depression, various physical signs may appear. Some of it is vague aches and pain. It may also include chronic joint pain, limb pain, back pain, gastrointestinal problems, tiredness, sleep disturbances, psychomotor activity changes, and appetite changes. Most of the patients that have depression seek treatment in where physical signs can make depression quite hard to diagnose.
• Slow movement – Loosing the urge to move fast even those that are just easy to do
• Losing appetite and weight – depression can be associated with not wanting to eat because you tend to think so much.
• Various body aches and pain – you may feel pain in your body that you don’t usually feel
• Lack of interest in sex and energy to do work – feeling depressed may affect your sex life. You are not into doing the act because it is hard to feel arouse in doing so.
• Changes in menstrual cycle
• Sleep disturbance or having a hard time falling asleep and or waking up in the morning. It can also be associated with insomnia and hypersomnia or oversleeping
• Unwillingness to move further and faster
• Having a problem with focusing on certain things and status
• Speaking slower than usual
• Change in eating habits
• Feeling tired all the time
• Unbearable pain
Other than the physical signs of depression the feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety are also felt. However, depression can also cause unexplained physical symptoms. Both depression and physical pain are inter-related to each other. Sometimes it can be a chicken and egg where pain can cause depression and on that sense, depression can incur pain. According to studies, or brain shares that same area into where depression can be felt. And that same chemical messenger controls pain and the mood.
As published in Harvard Medical School, chronic pain has three times the average risk of developing psychiatric signs –this is usually mood and anxiety disorders, and patients who are depressed may have three times to what the average risk of developing chronic pain is.
Now that we know how emotional signs can affect physical signs let us now study or know that certain kind of pain that can be included.
A headache – People usually feel a headache and this can also lead to a migraine. If you are feeling depression, then it may worsen later on.
Back pain – This is a pain in the back that an be worse because of depression.
Muscles ache and joint pain – This is Sally felt if a person is tired from work or an intensive exercise or activity. Having this and depression at the same time may worsen your chronic pain.
Chest pain – Other than a case because of depression, chest pain may be associated with heart problems. Depression in a sense may contribute more discomfort and associated with chest pain.
Digestive problems – It may sound odd, but problems with digestions may happen if depression is being felt.
Exhaustion and fatigue – If you’re on the verge of depression you may still wear out and tired even if you have enough sleep.
Sleeping problems – People experiencing depression may also find it hard to sleep and can wake up earlier or later than usual while those who are healthier sleep normally.
Losing weight and having a change in appetite – the digestive system works differently when one is feeling depression. A person may not have the urge to eat, or it can also be the opposite of it which is excessive eating.2016-08-25