Sunday, June 9, 2013

The 7 Most Common Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression reveals itself in so many ways and experiencing physical symptoms of depression is not uncommon. It is possible to feel both physical symptoms as well as the classic emotional symptoms which include low sense of self, low self esteem, feeling hopeless or helpless, having feelings of despair, and, of course, serious feelings of sadness. In addition to having these emotional symptoms, physical symptoms can present themselves as well and can be just as troubling or even more bothersome than the emotional symptoms.

Physical symptoms of depression present themselves in seven common ways. It is possible for an individual to feel a few of them or all of them. Frankly, it just depends on the individual and how bad the depression really is. These symptoms that reveal themselves physically include:

Headaches: Usually a depressed individual also experiences stress and both can result in chronic or severe headaches. Often times this can lead to taking too many pain relievers so it is important to monitor this. If the headaches persist then you should consider natural alternatives such as meditation, visualization or even various breathing techniques. All of which are known to relieve headaches and, more importantly, relieve stress. It also is beneficial with getting "grounded" which, in turn, can help to alleviate the feelings of depression.

Back Pain / muscle aches / chest pain: While none of these should be ignored, it is important to take chest pains seriously. Particularly if they exhibit the same kind of pains and experiences that would manifest if you were having a heart attack. In this case, seek professional help as soon as possible. In the case of back pain and muscle aches, these symptoms - if already present - can get worse and become chronic. However, the pain can also be new as a result of the depression.

Digestive Issues: Stress, of course, can cause digestive issues but depression can as well. The symptoms can be things such as IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, cramping, diarrhea and chronic constipation.

Gaining /losing weight due to appetite changes: Depression and stress often times results in a significant decrease or increase in appetite which, ultimately, results in weight loss or gain.

Having difficulty sleeping: High stress levels or depression can result in changes in sleeping habits. If the individual has lost hope or sees no reason to get up he may sleep more. On the other hand, when the individual feels stress and anxiety, coupled with the depression, they may have difficulty falling asleep much less sleeping during the night at all.

Feelings of exhaustion and/or fatigue: Often times, depression brings about such sadness that the individual doesn't even want to get out of bed. Feeling exhausted or fatigued just amplifies the problem.

Being light headed or dizzy: If someone is experiencing high levels of anxiety or is in a manic phase of Bipolar disorder then often times this results in an "emotional rush" of sorts which leads to being light headed or dizzy.

All of these physical symptoms of depression should be duly noted and considered when evaluating whether an individual is clinically depressed or not. When they are accompanied by the emotional symptoms as well then the individual should consider contacting a mental health professional to for a complete evaluation and to obtain a proper diagnosis. This way a comprehensive treatment plan can be put into place so that the individual can begin recovering and ultimately live a happy, productive life again.

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