Are you suffering from physical symptoms of depression?
Depression, burn out, mental fatigue – whatever you may call it affects your entire body. For some reason, we have separated our minds from our bodies in the last decade of medicine, or perhaps two. We think that if something is wrong in our body, it won't affect our mind. We forget that our neck connects our head to the rest of our body.
So, if you have physical pain, you could be suffering from depression. It's usually a combination of physical pain along with feeling hopeless and helpless, but not always …
"We're becoming more sensitized that major depressive disorder has physical as well as emotional symptoms," says Stephen M. Stahl, MD, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego. He believes that the many unrecognized cases of depression – as high as 50% of all cases – may be ones that do not complain of depressed mood.
In a study of over 25,000 patients at 15 primary care centers on five continents, Seattle researchers found that 50% of all depressed patients worldwide report multiple unexplained physical symptoms. (Source: "When Depression Hurts" – Psychology Today Magazine- Hara Estroff Marano – Jul / Aug 2002)
The trouble is, too often your physical pain may be sending you or your doctor on a wild goose hunt looking for a different cause. The true source of the problem and your depression may go untreated as well as unrecognized.
Here are the physical symptoms of depression:
-Stomach problems (digestion) – diarrhea or constipation
-Dizziness or lightheadedness
-Exhaustion – sleeping at night and during the day
-Lack of sleep – waking up early, can't fall asleep at night
-Change in eating – weight loss or weight gain
(Source: National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression")
What to do if you think you suffer from these physical symptoms of depression?
First of all, see your doctor. These symptoms can also mean another illness either besides depression or in addition to your depression. Also, take our depression test.
Then, read our powerful 6 Steps Report which shares with you step by step what to apply to your life based on the research from leading medical journals. Visit our site for more info.
There is hope! You are worth it!
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