Is clinical depression painful to the body, or just in the mind?

Not in general . Depression is not usually physically painful. However. Some people experience their depression as bodily aches and pains plus their other symptoms. Depression can affect the perception of pain. Pain can worsen depression.
Both. I have thought of depression as primary pain without a source. There is no pain without perception which is in the brain. When someone is depression everything hurts more. Many people with fibromyalgia pain generally feel better with antidepressants than with actual pain meds. In other words all pain is in your head! also, depressed people are more likely to develop medical problems.

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Can clinical depression show up on a brain mri?

Not likely. Traditional MRI cannot diagnosis depression, nor other "functional" problems, such as dementia, etc. Imaging such as MRI can only assess anatomy. There are functional MRI scanners which are in use, typical in research, frequently in dementia. Most applications of fmri are still experimental. Read more...

Can clinical depression cause brain damage? Kindly advice

Depression & brain. Quick answer: yes. (although the brain damage would be considered "mild" compared to a stroke or brain trauma). Chronic depression lowers the secretion of brain derived neurotrophic factor ("bdnf") in the brain. This is active in the hippocampus (where memory function lives), cortex and the basal forebrain. This compound plays a significance role in maintenance and surrival of your neurons. Read more...

Is any brain damage caused by chronic clinical depression or OCD permanent or temporary? Ie; if the person lateron doesn't have the issue any more, tks

Brain damage. Depression and ocd do not cause permanent brain damage, but they do recur and the more episodes you have in the past, the more likely you are to have recurrent episodes (episodes may change gene expression not brain structure). Read more...
OCD Depression brain. Ocd and clinical depression do not cause brain damage. Both of these conditions can have a biological basis and can recur.However recovery from these conditions can endure especially when one continues to do what produced the recovery, whether that was behavioral, cognitive and / or medication. Read more...