Friends, let us tell you that we do not often associate depression with physical pain, and with it, but research shows that this mental illness can actually hurt.
So this depression hurts. And while we often associate this mental illness with emotional pain such as sadness, crying, as well as feelings of hopelessness, research shows that depression can manifest as physical pain as well.
And while we don’t often think of depression as physical pain, some cultures do – especially ones where it’s “taboo” to openly talk about mental health.
It should be noted that different cultures may interpret depression differently. For example, Asian Americans may be more likely to describe and understand depression as physical symptoms. This can affect what treatment they seek as well as who they seek it from. This has been compared to the Western understanding of depression mainly as an experience of inner mood.
Friends, let us tell you that but keeping these physical symptoms in mind is equally important as well as the emotional impact.
Friends, for one, it is a great way to control your body and mind In addition, physical symptoms can indicate when a depressive period is about to begin, and they can either give you an indication of whether you are experiencing depression or not.
On the other hand, the physical symptoms show that depression is actually very real and at the same time it can be harmful to our overall well-being.
And here are just seven of the most common physical symptoms of depression:
1. Fatigue or persistently low energy levels
As this fatigue is a common symptom of depression. At times we all experience low energy levels and with this one can feel drowsy in the morning, instead of going to work he expects to stay in bed and watch TV.
Friends, while we often believe that fatigue is caused by stress, depression can also cause fatigue. And that although, unlike everyday fatigue, depression-related fatigue can also lead to concentration problems, irritability, as well as apathy.
And with that he was the director of the Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Maurizio Fava explains that depressed individuals often experience non-repetitive sleep, as well as one that means they feel lethargic even after a full night’s rest.
Friends, though, because many physical illnesses, such as infections and viruses, can also cause fatigue, and at the same time it can be challenging to figure out if fatigue is related to depression and not either.
One way to tell: Friends, while everyday fatigue is a sign of this mental illness, other symptoms such as sadness, feeling hopeless, as well as anhedonia (lack of pleasure in day-to-day activities) are also there. You can be present and that whenever you are sad.
2. So that’s Decreases pain tolerance’s (aka everything’s hurt more)
Friends, do you ever feel like there is a fire in your nerves and still you can’t find any physical reason for your pain? As it turns out, depression and pain often coexist with it.
Friends, a 2015 study showed a relationship between people who are depressed and with it decreased pain tolerance, while another study in 2010 showed that pain had a greater effect on depressed people. Is.
There is no clear cause-and-effect relationship between these two symptoms, and it is important to evaluate them together, especially if your doctor recommends medication.
Along with this, some research suggests that the use of anti-depressants can help not only to relieve depression, but also as a pain-reducing analgesic.
3. Back pain or muscle pain on all sides
Friends, you can feel fine in the morning, and with that, but once you are at work and he or she sits at the school table, your back starts hurting It could be stress, and it could either be depression Although they are often associated with poor posture or injuries, back pain can also be a symptom of psychological distress.
A 2017 research study of 1,013 Canadian university students found a direct link between depression as well as back pain.
Psychologists and psychiatrists have long recognized that emotional issues can cause chronic pain and suffering, as well as that. That but specifics are still being researched, such as the relationship between depression and the body’s inflammatory response.
And with that, new studies suggest that inflammation in the body may have something to do with the neurocircuits in our brains. And at the same time, it is thought that inflammation can disrupt brain signals, and therefore may have a role in depression as well as how we treat it.
Let us tell you that almost everyone experiences headache at some point And at the same time, they are so common that we often write them off as nothing serious. Plus, stressful work situations, such as a conflict with a coworker, can trigger these headaches as well.
Friends, however, and at the same time, your headache may not always be stress-induced, especially if you have tolerated your co-worker in the past. And with that if you see a switch in daily headaches, and that could be a sign of depression.
Note that, unlike excruciating migraine headaches, depression-related headaches do not necessarily affect one’s functioning. Also described by the National Headache Foundation as a “tension headache”, this type of headache can feel like a mild throbbing sensation, especially around the eyebrows.
Friends, let me tell you that while these headaches are helped by over-the-counter pain medication, they usually recur on a regular basis. Sometimes a chronic tension headache can be a symptom of major depressive disorder.
Friends, however, a headache is not the only sign that your pain may be psychological. In addition, people with depression often experience additional symptoms such as sadness, irritability, and a lack of energy.
5. Eye problems or decreased vision
Tell friends, do you find that the world looks blurry? While depression can cause the world to look gray and at the same time bleak, a 2010 research study in Germany suggests that this mental health concern can actually affect one’s vision.
Friends, in that study of 80 people, depressed people found it difficult to see that difference in black and white. Known as “contrast perception” by researchers, and may also explain why depression can make the world look blurry.
6. Abdominal pain or abdominal discomfort
Friends, let us tell you that this feeling of sinking in your stomach is one of the most recognizable symptoms of depression. And with that, however, when you start having stomach cramps, it’s easy to write it off as gas or menstrual pain.
Friends, let us tell you that this pain which increases, especially when stress arises, and along with it, it can be a sign of depression. In fact, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggest that abdominal discomfort such as cramping, bloating, as well as nausea can be a sign of poor mental health.
What is link? According to those Harvard researchers, depression can also cause (or be the result of) an inflamed digestive system, along with pain that is typical of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome This is very easily wrong.
Friends, let me tell you that doctors and scientists sometimes refer to the gut as the “second brain” because they have found a connection between gut health and mental well-being as well Our stomach is full of good bacteria and along with this, if there is an imbalance of those good bacteria, and that can lead to symptoms of anxiety as well as depression.
Friends, it may be noted that eating a balanced diet and taking probiotics may improve one’s gut health, and that it may also enhance mood, and that but further research is needed.
7. Digestive problems or irregular bowel movements
Let us tell you that digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea can be embarrassing and at the same time uncomfortable Often due to food poisoning or a gastrointestinal virus, it’s easy to assume that gut discomfort results from any physical illness.
And with that, but feelings like sadness, anxiety and heaviness can disrupt our digestive system A 2011 study suggests a link between anxiety, depression, as well as gastrointestinal pain.
Pain Is Another Way Your Brain Communicates
Friends, let us tell you that if you recognize the disturbing emotions like sadness, anger, as well as shame, and with it, I feel uncomfortable talking about them, and that is why these feelings in the body may manifest differently.
Be aware that if you have been experiencing any of these physical symptoms for a long time, make an appointment with your primary care doctor or nurse practitioner.
So that’s Accordingly to The Americans Psychological Associations a depression it’s one of the most commonly mentally illnesses and affecting 14.8 millions Americans adult’s each year.
Friends, this depression can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, exposure to childhood stress or trauma, as well as brain chemistry People with depression often need professional help, such as psychotherapy and medication, for a full recovery.
And that’s only if at your appointment, if you suspect that these physical symptoms may be above surface level, and that’s only to be requested to be tested for depression and anxiety That way your healthcare provider can connect you with the help they need.