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9 Physical Symptoms of Depression

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9 Physical Symptoms of Depression

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Healthy & Green Living

There are obvious signs of depression, like feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety–but depression can also cause unexplained physical symptoms. Physical pain and depression are closely related. Simply put, pain can be depressing, and depression causes and intensifies pain. Some research shows that pain and depression share common pathways in the limbic (emotional) region of the brain. In fact, the same chemical messengers control pain and mood. According to an article published by the Harvard Medical School, people with chronic pain have three times the average risk of developing psychiatric symptoms–usually mood or anxiety disorders–and depressed patients have three times the average risk of developing chronic pain.

Many people suffering from depression never get help because they don’t realize that pain may be a symptom of depression. The importance of understanding the physical symptoms of depression is that treating depression can help with the pain–and treating pain can help with depression.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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7:11PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thank you.

2:52AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Thank you :)

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2:54AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Thank you :)

1:53PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thank you.

5:32AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

thank you

8:54AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

I think this is great information, I suffer from chronic back pain from an injury at work 7 years ago as well as fibromyalgia and lupus. I was also diagnosed with major depression as a result of this and I experience these symptoms on a daily basis.

4:30AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Handle stress

5:14AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Depression is a serious illness

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