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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
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
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
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
R/o physical symptom: Fatigue can be a symptom of depression, physical ailment or both. In order to diagnose depression, physical problems need to be ruled out. I would recommend going to your primary care doctor and have a full check up. If everything is fine, or if there's a physical ailment, i would still recommend contacting mental health provider to help you cope with your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can depression cause physical discomfort? Ever since feeling very depressed it seems as though everyday my body hurts somewhere somehow and worries me
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