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Why does real depression cause physical pain?

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 more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Could depression cause physical pain?

Could depression cause physical pain?

Yes, depression: Can some times go hand in hand with physical pain. ...Read more

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Can depression cause physical pain ?

Can depression cause physical pain ?

Yes and vice versa: Depression can lead to pain symptoms, usually dull aches, stiffness, soreness etc. Stomach aches and other somatic pains are common. Likewise, physical pain, especially chronic pain often leads to depression. ...Read more

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Can physical pain be caused by depression?

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 more

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Can depression cause physical damage to your body?

Can depression cause physical damage to your body?

In addition: To the points dr. Pappas made, depression is known to reduce dendritic branching and number of synapses. There is also some evidence that depression is a risk factor for myocardial infarctions, altho the underlying mechanisms are not clear. ...Read more

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Aren't these physical troubles caused by depression?

I am not sure: I am not sure what physical sxs you are referring to. However physical symptoms can occur with depression such as headaches, tension in neck and upper back, GI distress, increase in chronic pain etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe depression caused by a physical deformity?

How can I treat severe depression caused by a physical deformity?

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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Is my fatigue caused by depression something physical?

Is my fatigue caused by depression something physical?

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 more

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Can depression cause physical discomfort? Ever since feeling very depressed it seems as though everyday my body hurts somewhere somehow and worries me

YES: Good idea - see your dr and make sure it isnt something physical that can cause depression. If not then check in with a psychiatrist and see if the depression responds to medication and/or psychotherapy. Best way. Good luck. ...Read more

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