Physical Effects of Depression
The Physical Effects of Depression
Depression is mainly a mental problem that is brought about by extreme or harrowing circumstances resulting to a reclusive and isolative personality. However, the effects of depression transcend beyond just the mental. The physical effects of depression are equally devastating and learning to discern these physical effects can help spot the onset of depression early on. The early detection of depression is instrumental in treating it fast and quickly before it balloons into something more negative and worrisome.
Of the many physical effects of depression, the most obvious is fatigue. Of course, there are a variety of conditions that lead to fatigue so it is impossibly hard to isolate depression as the likely cause of fatigue right at the onset. Still, fatigue in combination with a few emotional queues is likely to suggest depression as a cause. These emotional queues include pervasive feelings of negativity and a general lack of interest in many things. In particular, depression sufferers tend to keep to themselves oftentimes hiding in their rooms for extended periods of time. When these symptoms together with fatigue as one of the more prominent physical effects of depression, it is only prudent to talk to a psychologist so that the condition can be diagnosed early on.
Another common physical effect of depression is headaches. Pre-existing conditions like migraines are aggravated by the onset of depression as the body’s natural “happy chemical” endorphin is washed out of the bloodstream. Endorphins are responsible for increasing pain thresholds and lowering the occurrence of pain-causing conditions like headaches.
The same can be said of joint pains as physical effects of depression. They are also largely aggravated by negative feelings although some other mechanism could be at work that results to joint pains. Scientists theorize that it could be a metabolic problem due to the absence of a chemical in the bloodstream, although this is still under extreme study. Similar to a case of gout, compounds could be deposited on the lining of the joints resulting in joint pain.
Among the last physical effects of depression to surface but also the most suggestive are sleeping problems. Depressed people oftentimes have a hard time sleeping but if taken as a symptom by itself, it can be misdiagnosed as insomnia. For this reason, it is important to take the sum of the physical effects of depression together so they can be interpreted as a collective body of evidence that the doctor can use to pinpoint the source of the problem.
If you suspect that you or a family member is suffering from depression due to the presence of these physical symptoms as well as general negativity, lack of interest in sex, loss or unusual gain of appetite and many other symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately so the problem can be diagnosed. Be as open as possible by citing all the physical effects that you are seeing or feeling and make sure to narrate previous experiences or events that could have triggered the onset of a depressive episode. The physical effects of depression are at times suggestive of a more lasting, pervasive, and deep problem and early detection and treatment has a very high success rate in controlling the problem.