5 Physical Signs of Depression to Watch Out For

Most of us are aware of the emotional symptoms of depression – loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, feelings of sadness, hopelessness and worthlessness to name a few.  But only a few know that depression also comes with physical symptoms.  This is why a lot of depressed people don’t even recognize that they are already suffering from this condition.

Depression doesn’t just affect the mind, but the body as well.  It’s very important that we are aware of both the emotional and physical symptoms to help ourselves or our loved ones in the future.

1. Problems with Sleeping

Sleep disturbances are quite common during stressful times but if it goes on for more than a few weeks, this can already be a sign of depression.  There are two sides of the story here, either you have difficult falling asleep or you sleep much more than normal.

2. Headaches

People with depression often report that their headaches are worse during the morning and in the evening, and those who already have a history of migraine suffer five times more than the usual.

3. Muscle Aches and Joint Pain

Studies show that depressed people may be tensing their muscles without even realizing it, causing all sorts of aches and pains in the body and make any kind of chronic pain a lot worse.

4. Digestive Problems

It’s pretty normal to experience digestive issues when you are stressed and anxious.  Same goes for people who are suffering from depression and anxiety.  Queasiness, nausea, diarrhea or constipation are all signs of a psychological disorder such as Depression.

5. Change in Appetite

For some depressed individuals, they lose their appetite, thus resulting to weight loss.  But for some, they tend to eat more than the usual causing them to gain weight.  If you experience a sudden change in appetite that lasts for more than a few weeks, this may be related to depression.

All of these signs can be a sign of depression, a different medical condition, or both.  Don’t ignore the signs… seek professional help right away.

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About Toni Marie

Toni is Senior Editor for GuestDietBlog, as well as a contributing author. In addition to writing about diet and health, she also likes to write about relationships. She is also a nurse, and the primary caregiver for her mother.

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