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Does depression make you itch?

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Dr. James Fox answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

No: No, depression won't make you itch. But those who are depressed often more aware of what they are thinking and feeling, both emotionally and physically. You may more easily perceive itching than before.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Donald Hazlett answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Probably not: It is true that depression causes folks to think to the point where they spend so much time doing that they get onto mental mischief. When that happens every thing they experience can be magnified in intensity, especially little things like itching. Doing things and not thinking so much seems a more productive way to go.

Answered 12/5/2018

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Dr. Vasu Brown answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Yes: The common factor that causes depression and itching is tryptophan need - if body does not digest protein there is lack of gut serotonin -happy hormone for the brain and people who itch are also deficient in b vitamins -b3 look up pellagra see whether your itching are around these areas. The other cause for itching is thyroid hormones which can create both dry skin and mood change -so could be.

Answered 10/3/2016

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