5 physical signs that indicate you are suffering from depression

5 physical signs that indicate you are suffering from depression

Do these questions sound familiar?

Are you often tired or exhausted? Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you have little interest in doing the things you once loved? Do you feel sad, depressed or hopeless? These are typical questions of a psychiatrist or general practitioner when screening for depression.

However, you can nap like a baby, work hard, and train for a marathon only to have back pain that won’t go away. In a study published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 69% of people who met criteria for depression saw a doctor for aches and pains. Mood disorders can present with surprising symptoms. As well as migraines, bloating, back or joint pain. Also, these pains will not go away if the depression is not treated.

Here are some of the most common physical symptoms associated with depression:

1. Migraines

Up to 40% of migraine sufferers suffer from depression. There is strong evidence linking migraine to a variety of psychiatric and somatic disorders, from stroke to anxiety disorder. 11% of migraine sufferers also suffer from one or more types of mood disorders, ranging from major depression to panic disorder.

2. Joint pain

People with fibromyalgia are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from major depression than people without fibromyalgia. It is understandable that someone with chronic joint pain is depressed. Walking up the stairs hurts her, as does bending over to fill the dog bowl. But what’s interesting is that stiffness, inflammation, and joint cartilage damage can actually be symptoms of depression (and cause mood swings).

3. Digestive problems

The nervous system of our gut is so complex. It has an estimated 500 million neurons, often referred to by neuroscientists as the second brain. In fact, the nerve cells in our gut make up 80-90% of the serotonin in our body. It is more than what our brain produces. If you’ve had stomach and digestive issues, you may be surprised to learn that some symptoms of depression and anxiety can be alleviated by tending to your gut. Simply and by giving him the right type of bacteria: probiotics that make him happy.

Also, watch out for foods that promote brain inflammation, such as gluten and sugar. These foods may not show up in an IgA allergy blood test. But that doesn’t mean your body loves them. You can be very intolerant. Which can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression. People who suffer from mood disorders also tend to be sensitive to gluten and vice versa. Up to 52% of gluten-sensitive people suffer from depression.

4. Chest pain

There is a strong link between depression and cardiovascular health. 3 in 20 people with heart disease suffer from depression, compared to an average of 1 in 20 people without heart disease. Patients with heart disease who are depressed tend to have more cardiac symptoms than those who are not depressed. A study published in the journal Circulation found that people with heart failure who are moderately or severely depressed are four times more likely to die prematurely. And twice as likely to be hospitalized than non-depressed people. Even people with mild symptoms of depression have an almost 60% increased risk of death.

Like people with coronary heart disease, people with depression are at high risk for coronary heart disease. Depression and anxiety affect heart rhythms, increase blood pressure. Chest pain and a fast heartbeat can very well be symptoms of both anxiety and depression.

5. Back pain

Back pain is also common in people with anxiety and mood disorders. A hunched, bad back posture leads to back pain. The discomfort can also result in pain or stiffness in the spine, sharp pain in the neck, upper back or lower back. This is where people carry most of their stress. All the stress of the day is held hostage in the neck and shoulder area. Therefore, if you can afford it, go for regular massages to prevent depression. Or at least prevent it from escalating into a major depressive episode.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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