Sometimes we overlook the simple physical signs of depression because we are so involved with the emotional aspects of it. The emotional pieces of depression actually have a lot to do with how physical symptoms generate. Let’s take a dive into physical attributes surrounding a depressive state of mind but if you really think you need to talk to someone right away, please seek help from a qualified psychologist like Dr. Sanam Hafeez.
All of the symptoms we will touch upon may seem relatively normal in a person’s everyday life, which is why people tend to not seek out help. When signs of these symptoms seem to intensify or become more frequent it is probably a good idea to see someone about them. Even if they don’t intensify, if you are feeling like you have multiple physical symptoms reach out to someone for help.
Headaches. These are one of the most common physical signs of depression. For people with migraines this may seem almost impossible to depict as a result of depression but remember, if they seem intensified or more frequent, it could just be your body telling you that something is not right.
Digestive Issues. This can go one of two ways. If you find yourself dealing with constipation or diarrhea this could be another physical symptom. If it has not escalated this far but you are still feeling queasiness in your stomach, that can also be a strong signal to get yourself checked out.
Sleeping problems. People with depression sometimes find it harder to fall asleep or sleep for long periods of time. Others tend to sleep extensively.
Exhaustion and/or fatigue. Constantly feeling tired even after a long good night’s sleep? Having trouble getting out of bed on a regular basis after a long night of sleep? Both are signs of depression. Your bed is a comfortable, secure place where you do not have to deal with the outside world or even think about it. Fatigue can also be caused by diet, which leads us to our next physical symptom.
Change in appetite or weight. This is another symptom that can go either way. Some people who are depressed find it hard to eat or even find food appetizing and begin to lose weight. Others find comfort in food, especially carbohydrates, and begin to excessively eat leading to weight gain.
Lightheadedness. There will be moments in the day where you can feel unstable or dizzy.
Muscle Aches. If you already endure any kind of joint pain or muscle aches they will most likely intensify.
Chest Pain. Whether you have depression or not having chest pain or tightness in your chest can be a sign of heart, stomach or lung problems. Don’t wait to call a doctor on this one, do it immediately.
Because these symptoms can be so common in our everyday lives it is important to make sure you explain to your doctor how they are affecting your lifestyle. Be persistent about your need for energy and the ability to feel good. If you are not, some doctors may overlook your situation and then you are right back where you started.
Depression is caused by a change in nerve cells that interrupt the way your brain processes emotional information. Because of this your body tends to feel pain differently, which is why many of these physical symptoms are brought to surface. By easing this pain a doctor may be able to also ease your depression through prescribing medications. Medications will help to balance out the change in nerve cells and help to regulate your emotional being.