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Doctor insights on: Physical Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,484 doctors shared insights

Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What are the most common physical symptoms of depression and anxiety?

What are the most common physical symptoms of depression and anxiety?

Symptoms: Physical symptoms of depression: insomnia or hypersomnia; inability to concentrate ; lack of motivation; lack of appetite or over-eating. Emotional: anhedonia ( can't find pleasure in idaho activities) suicidality. Physical symptoms of anxiety; visceral; diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach; rapid heartbeat; shakiness, dizziness, emotional: panic attacks, feelings of going crazy or dying (you are not). ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety/depression?

What can I do to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety/depression?

Cognitive Behavioral: Depends on the severity and persistence of the symptoms as well as the type of symptoms. Either way, whether panic (fear) or anxiety symptoms, identifying thoughts associated with your symptoms is key. Deep breathing exercises can be a "quick and dirty" tool but i would suggest looking up cognitive behavioral therapy as a long term solution. Exercise is best, quick tool when depressed. ...Read more

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Might one's physical pain symptoms be due to anxiety, depression, and panic attacks?

Yes: About 40% of people w panic attacks develop chest pain. As a result, they may think they are experiencing a heart attack & fear they are dying. Panic attacks can lead to chest tightness, nausea, vomiting& other physical sxs. Anxiety can be accompanied by marked muscle tension which can lead to tension headaches.If you are experiencing sxs let your provider know. Consider acupuncture or cbt. ...Read more

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Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Do anxiety, stress, and depression really cause physical symptoms? I'm consistently fatigued, sleepy, and emotional. I have a really hard time staying awake at my desk job. I was diagnosed with Pcos, hypoglycemic episodes, thalassemia minor, and costochon

Yes: The mind(your brain) is in constant 2-way communication with the rest of your body via chemicals that travel thru the blood and via the nerves connected to the brain. Emotional imbalance(depression and anxiety) can affect the functioning of your organs and may cause physical symptoms including pain. Evidence suggests emotionally healthy people experience less illness and may live longer. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read more

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What can be worse for you physically; anxiety or depression?

Maybe depression: They both are not good although depression theoretically could lead to suicide if severe. However there is some literature that contends that the presence of anxiety in any psychiatric presentation increases the risk of suicide considerably and so it should be considered as well. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get information about anxiety and depression symptoms?

NIH: National institute of mental health is a good place to start: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.Shtml. And http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/depression/index.Shtml. ...Read more

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Help, what sort of symptoms would I have to have in order to take medication for anxiety and depression?

Don't worry about: The symptoms. Go to see a psychologist or psychiatrist. Tell them how you are feeling. Some depression and anxiety can be treated without medication. When possible try to feel better without medication, . ...Read more

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Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Yes- multiple causes: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), perimenopause, side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
1,147 doctors shared insights

Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more