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9 Physical Signs you are Depressed

Many people suffering from depression feel pain or other physical symptoms. Take a look at the physical symptoms associated with depression.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / Sep 16, 2014

Depression:Physical Symptoms

Feelings of hopelessness and sadness are common signs of depression. But, these are some emotional symptoms of depression as well. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people suffering from depression feel pain or other symptoms. Take a look at the physical symptoms associated with depression. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Headaches are quite common in depressed people. Neurologists have been conducting studies to further determine the relationship between depression and migraine headaches. If you had migraine, headaches may become worse.

Back Pain

A study from the University of Alberta suggests that those who suffer from depression are four times likely to develop intense or disabling neck and low back pain than those who are not depressed. If you’ve been dealing with back pain for quite some time now, it may get worse.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is often a symptom of something related to the heart. A study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden indicates several common factors among those affected by chest pain and these are not limited to heart problems only. Depression can also cause chest pain.

Muscle Aches and Joint Pain

Unexplained muscle aches and joint pain is one of the ways depression manifests. If you’ve been struggling with chronic pains, depression can make them worse. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, arthritis-like physical symptoms may improve with depression treatment.

Digestive Problems

Depression can make one feel queasy or nauseous. According to a study in the General Hospital Psychiatry, nausea complaints are three times more likely because of anxiety disorder and one-and-a-half times more likely in depression people. A depressed person might have diarrhoea or become chronically constipated.


Studies have found that those who are depressed are more than four times likely to develop unexplained fatigue, and those who suffer from fatigue are nearly three times likely to become depressed. No matter how much you sleep, you may still feel lethargic when you are depressed.

Sleeping Problems

Those who are depressed can't sleep well – they wake up too early or can't fall asleep when they go to bed. If your sleeping problems linger beyond a week, there could be an emotional condition responsible for it.

Speech Changes

Depression can cause speech changes; voice can become very slow and spoken in a very low voice. One may have to strain to hear or a depressed person might talk at the top speed, each word tripping over the other.

Weight Changes

Food is often used by someone to deal with emotional stress and feelings of sadness. Some crave certain foods - like carbohydrates - and put on weight, while others lose appetite and end up losing weight.


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