Chest pain can be a sign of heart problems – and sometimes, surprisingly, a sign of depression. Let’s try to understand the ways depression can affect your body.
Depression can affect your body as well as your mind. Difficulty falling asleep or getting restful or sound sleep is a common problem in people who are depressed. Some people with depression feel sleepy too often and also sleep more than normal.
If you feel chest pain, don’t assume it’s something else. See a cardiologist first to rule out heart problems. In addition, chest pain can also be a sign of problems in the digestive tract, lungs or other areas of the chest. Sometimes, however, they are also a symptom of a panic attack, anxiety and depression.
Depression can also increase the risk of heart disease. In addition, people who have had a heart attack are more likely to be depressed.
Fatigue and exhaustion
Many of us tend to ignore this important sign of depression. Even if you rest extensively and sleep through the night – taking frequent breaks throughout the day – if you feel lethargic, tired, sluggish, and lack energy for everyday tasks, there’s a signal that indicates depression. Fatigue and depression go hand in hand, as the two together tend to worsen your condition.
Painful muscles and joints
Have you ever experienced persistent pain and body aches, muscle pain, joint pain, and headaches? These are the persistent signs and symptoms associated with depression. In addition, your persistent pain may also increase your risk of depression.
If you have severe or chronic pain, you may be suffering from anxiety or depression. Both depression and pain conditions share chemical messengers in the brain. Depressed people are 3 to 4 times more likely to experience pain on a regular basis.
Painful conditions, especially chronic migraines, can cause you nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. The same is true if you are under tremendous stress, worry or depression. The reason, our brain and digestive system are closely connected.
Depression can also catch you in the gut – causing nausea, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation.
Headaches, migraines and depression go hand in hand. Persistent headaches (chronic headaches) are one of the best-known signs of depression. Some scientific studies show that people with major clinical depression are more likely to suffer from migraines. In addition, people with chronic headaches or migraines are four to five times more likely to become depressed.
Changes in appetite or weight
The most common physical changes associated with depression are either loss of appetite or increase in appetite. This means you either have increased hunger or less desire to eat. The result can be weight gain or loss, along with a lack of energy. Some people may develop a craving to eat unhealthy or processed foods. Depression is generally associated with eating disorders – such as binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia.
Physical symptoms of depression are not very easy to comprehend unless depression has been diagnosed. Therefore, many people resort to taking medicines to get rid of muscle pain, body aches, and headaches. They try to address their symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of their symptoms – that is, depression.
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