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Why Does Real Depression Cause Physical Pain
Pain is complex: Feeling pain is not a simple matter. Many factors affect its sensation, from conditions at the pain site (eg, skin surface), along the nerve pathways (eg, up the arm), etc. Once in the brain, alertness, "focusing" on it, distraction, needing to deal w an emergency, etc, all affect pain perception. Depression often highlights/magnifies pain perception by affecting these brain modulators. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Yes: Many people with depression suffer from chronic pain or other physical pain. They can have headaches, back pain, chest pain, muscle/joint pain, digestive symptoms, change in appetite, dizziness...There are chemical changes in the brain that can change how one perceives pain. http://www.webmd.com/depression/recognizing-depression-symptoms/physical-symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My physical pain has been diagnosed as being caused by my anxiety/depression. Should the antidepressants I've just started help relieve the pain ?
Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.
See your doctor : It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously. ...Read more
Psychotherapy: is the best way to work on coping with physical conditions, like a deformity. In therapy, you can speak about how the deformity impacts on your self image, how others react to the condition and find ways to accept it. You can also learn how to accept that your inner beauty is what matters in relationships with others. Learn how to enhance your strengths and the deformity will not be as noticeable ...Read more
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