- Mental Health
Physical Symptoms of Depression
Your body will often tell you when something is wrong
It was my senior year in high school, and only months earlier my step dad walked out on my family, my boyfriend and I broke up, and life was rapidly changing for me. I’m not sure I felt as if anything was really wrong. Though I was dealing with my sadness, nothing felt out of the ordinary until I started getting sick. It was every two weeks, to the day, that I found myself at the doctor’s office or in the emergency room with signs of severe strep throat. My throat ached so bad it was hard to swallow, my fever would get very high, and my whole body ached. I was treated with antibiotics every time, while they waited for the results of the strep test. It would take only days and I would fully recover, only to find myself sick again two weeks later.
This cycle continued for almost 6 months, preparations were being made for me to have my tonsils removed, after they ran every test they could think of, they all came back negative. My body started to get exhausted from being sick so much, I kept losing weight and I felt drained.
A light at the end of the tunnel
An amazing doctor by the name of Catrina Groves decided to try one last thing with me before sending me into the operating room. She talked to my mom and I about anti-depression medication and counseling. She said depression can sometimes cause unexplained physical sickness.This shocked both my mother and I, as we had no idea depression could physically manifest itself. I started the medication and counseling. I had just gotten over being sick and prepared myself for being sick again two weeks later, but it didn’t happen.
The counseling continued for almost 2 years and I ended my medication a couple years after that, but I never got sick again. It astounded me that an internal suffering of depression could cause me to become so physically sick. After this ordeal I was more aware of my body and the signs that something might be wrong. Our bodies are very powerful and they will, without a doubt, tell us when something isn’t right, it is up to us to listen and recognize these signs. I am glad that I had an amazing doctor and family to help me find out what was wrong.
Know if you are suffereing from depression
Suffering from depression is a painful experience, emotional signs of depression can vary and are more clearly recognized. Physical signs are often mistaken for something else and can be misdiagnosed by both doctor and patient. Listen to your body and be aware of the physical signs of depression.
Physical signs you may be suffering from depression
· Body Aches
· Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
· Change in appetite
· Trouble sleeping, sleeping too little or too much
· Body aches and pains
· Unexplained illness
· Digestive Problems
· Back pain
Other signs of depression
· Lack of concentration
· Lack of interest in things that normally interest you
· Being overwhelmed by normal everyday activities
· Self criticism, self loathing, feelings of worthlessness
· A sense of ‘sadness’ that lasts longer than two weeks
Don't Ignore the Symptoms
Above are only some symptoms of depression. Our bodies can inform us in numerous ways. In order for us to be physically healthy we must also take care of ourselves mentally. If you feel you or someone you know may be suffering from depression talk to your doctor and get help. You don't need to suffer alone the first step is recognizing there is a problem.
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