Depression is quite painful and it hurts like any other disease. It is characterized by symptoms like sadness, hopelessness, and crying, etc but some researchers have claimed that depression also has physical symptoms. Physical symptoms are common in major depression and they can make the treatment difficult. These may include vague and chronic pains, gastrointestinal problems, some sleep disturbances, and appetite changes, etc.
In some cultures talking about mental health issues and problems is considered taboo. For example in Korean and Chinese cultures, depression is considered a myth, and therefore for their physical pains, they usually visit physicians or a doctor who can treat their physical pains. They don’t even know that these pains may be a result of depression.
The physical symptoms are a sign that depression is real and it can be very harmful to your overall well being.
There are some common physical symptoms of depression. They are:
It is a very common symptom of depression. It’s true that you may feel some kind of fatigue occasionally and you may experience low energy. You feel to stay in bed and like to watch TV and don’t want to go to work or do any work in the house as well. You can get exhausted when you are stressed. But when you are in depression this symptom of fatigue is quite more often. Some researchers have claimed that people who are in depression, often don’t have a good quality sleep and hence may feel fatigued and inactive the next following day.
However, fatigue is also common due to many other issues and hence is sometimes confused with them. Like it is also presented in some physical illnesses, some infections and viruses, and these days COVID 19 also. But there is one way in which you can distinguish fatigue from depression fatigue feeling. Symptoms like sadness, feeling of hopelessness, and a lack of pleasure in day to day activities are present in depression and it will let you distinguish between other diseases and depression.
Now everything hurts you more:
Sometimes it happens that you are in pain and there is no usual reason for your pain. Yes it may be depression because depression and physical pain usually go side by side. There was a study done in 2015 which proves that people who are in depression have a decrease in the tolerance level for pain. They don’t have a cause and effect relationship between them but they go side by side. Some researchers have also claimed that the medicines used in depression, the anti depression medicines are also helpful in the reduction of pain.
When you are at work, you may suddenly feel pain in your back or muscles of your body. This may be because you are stressed and depressed. Although doctors claim that backaches may be due to a bad posture or is a result of some injury but it may be due to some psychological distress. Psychologists and psychiatrists have believed that emotional distress can cause some kind of chronic muscle pain and backaches.
Headaches are common to everyone. Even when you have a conflict in the workplace it can trigger your headache. Headache generally doesn’t impair your functioning but when someone is experiencing headaches on daily basis it becomes quite hectic for them to handle it. So chronic headaches can be a physical symptom of depression which should not be ignored. These headaches can be cured by pain killer medications but they can occur again and again so it’s better to seek professional help.
Stomach pains and digestive issues:
Stomach pains are common and can be because of some kind of constipation or it can be menstrual pain also. But when the pain increases with an increase in the quantity of stress then it is considered depression. Continuous stomach pain, cramping, and a feeling of nausea can be a sign of poor mental health. Digestive issues like irregular bowel can be a sign of depression. Some people also suffer from IBS (intestinal bowel syndrome), which is sometimes triggered when someone is in stress or depression or is suffering from the problems of overthinking. Emotions like sadness, depression, and anxiety can cause a disturbance in the digestive tract.
People, when having such kinds of symptoms in a chronic way, should consult a psychologist. A psychologist will help you overcome these feelings, emotional and physical symptoms. Counseling and therapies will help you to relax and live your life to the fullest.