Symptoms of Depression that May Surprise You
27 Apr. 2016
The best way to minimize damage to your emotional and physical health is to recognize depression early and to take action. But it is not so easy as depression symptoms can be different for everyone. And even though the distinguishing symptoms are emotional, such as feeling sad or hopeless, depression may also manifest itself by such unexpected physical symptoms as diarrhea, nausea, headache, backpain and even increased sex drive. Unfortunately, we often dismiss theses symptoms and thereby delay treatment.
For depression not to wreck your life, look for the following suprising symptoms, identifying which can help you strat treatment early.
Digestive disorders. Many people with anxiety or depression, especially adolescents and children, often face with stomach problems, such as nausea, queasiness and diarrhea. The already existing digestive disorders, such as ulcers, colitis or Crohn’s disease, can be worsened by depression and stress.
Headache. Although headache can have various causes, sometimes it indicates depression. When it is related to depression, it is typically dull and generalized, worsening in the morning and evening. It is more likely to be tension headache that occurs when the neck and scalp muscles become tense or contract.
Back pain. Back pain is another sign of depression. A study showed that 40% of people had chronic lower back pain long before they were diagnosed with depression. This is because they don’t associate pains and aches with depression and take painkillers instead. At the same time, if you already have chronic physical pain, it may put you at risk for depression or make your depression worse.
Drinking heavily. About a third of people diagnosed with depression confess to excessive alcohol drinking. Once you notice you need a drink to cope with stress or anxiety, you may be one of them. Also remember that although a drink can provide you a lift when you are down, alcohol itself is a depressant and overdoing it may aggravate depression episodes and make them more frequent.
Excessive Internet use. If you prefer virtual social interactions to real-life communication or spend too much time on the Internet, it can be a sign of depression. Scientists have already proved that there exists a link between deep depression and excessive Internet use.
Altered sexual behavior. Although depression is generally associated with decreased sex drive, some people start having increased interest in sex, using sex to cope with depression. Infidelity, increased promiscuity, sexual obsession, risky sexual behavior and other sexual health problems can all be signs of depression.
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