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Know the Physical Symptoms of Depression

By Stepy Kamei

Dealing with a mental health condition such as depression can be difficult for a wide variety of reasons. For one, you may not even fully realize the symptoms you're currently having are symptoms of depression. Many people are still unaware of what causes depression, let alone what the symptoms look like. It's unfortunately way too easy to brush off the signs of this debilitating illness as a whole host of other, less significant, and temporary problems that may go away with a bit of time. This is why it's so crucial to know how to spot and identify symptoms of depression. Specifically, it's crucial to know what depression looks like when it's manifesting in the form of physical symptoms. So, keep on reading to learn more about the ways in which depression makes itself known throughout the body, as well as what you can do to manage, limit, and even prevent these problems from ever occurring in the first place.

Trouble Sleeping

In general, many health conditions first start making themselves known by disrupting a person's normal habits. For instance, when it comes to depression, one of the first warning signs of its arrival is how it can mess up a person's sleeping patterns. If you find that you're sleeping way more often than normal (especially if you still feel tired when you wake up in the morning), or if you actually find that you're having trouble falling and staying asleep, these could be classic signs of depression -- especially if you haven't had issues with sleep until relatively recently.

Digestive and Eating Issues

Another way in which depression can manifest itself is through your eating habits. Many people with depression find that their appetites decrease, although sometimes their appetites increase. Add this to sudden unintended changes in weight, or increased feelings of stomach upset and nausea on a regular basis, and you may be experiencing physical symptoms of depression.

Aches and Pains

Depression can be so powerful that it can actually impact your body to the point where it actually physically hurts. Yes, depression can cause aches and pains all over the body. Many depressed patients report increased headaches and joint pain when dealing with a flare-up of other symptoms of depression as well.

Generally speaking, it's always a good idea to meet with your healthcare provider to learn more about the symptoms of depression, and whether you may be at risk.

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