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

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glenn Archibald
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glenn Archibald
Dr. Glenn Archibald
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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