Depression 5 Physical symptoms to know!

"The 5 physical telltale signs of depression: Recognizing the hidden symptoms"

In this second part of our series on depression, we explore the often overlooked but telltale physical signs of this mental disorder. Understanding these manifestations is essential for early detection and effective management.

1. Sleep disorders: Depression can seriously disrupt sleep. Depressed people may suffer from insomnia, waking frequently during the night and struggling to get back to sleep. Others may experience hypersomnia, sleeping excessively but waking early in the morning unable to get back to sleep, characteristic of early-morning insomnia.

2. Changes in appetite: Extreme variations in appetite are common in depressed people. Some may lose interest in food and see their appetite diminish considerably, while others may feel a compulsive need to eat, leading to a significant increase in their appetite.

3. Physical ailments: Depression is not limited to mental disorders; it can also manifest itself in physical ailments. Stomach aches and headaches are common among depressed people. These physical symptoms can sometimes be overlooked or attributed to other causes, delaying the diagnosis of depression.

4. Persistent fatigue: A feeling of constant, overwhelming fatigue is another common physical sign of depression. Affected individuals often complain of extreme fatigue, even after adequate rest. This fatigue can be so severe that it interferes with daily activities.

5. Body aches and pains: In addition to headaches and stomach aches, depression can also manifest itself in other body aches and pains, such as inexplicable muscle or joint pain. These physical aches and pains may be perceived as separate symptoms, but they are often linked to depression.

Recognizing the physical signs of depression is essential for early detection and effective intervention.

If you experience these symptoms, or know someone who does, don't hesitate to seek professional help.

For more information on depression and its treatment, see our video, click here.

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Dr Noura Marashi (doctor of pharmacy, health youtuber, creator of the Pharmaquiz health and well-being app),

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