Physical Symptoms of Depression

Updated at: Dec 27, 2012
Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression can affect one mentally as well as physically. To deal with depression symptoms, one needs to make certain lifestyle changes such as structuring a daily exercise regimen and dietary changes.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
Mental HealthWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Jul 10, 2012

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental condition, which can affect not only the mind but also the body. Some of the most common physical symptoms of depression include sleep problems, such as that of finding trouble in staying asleep or falling asleep. Take a look at some of the common physical symptoms of depression.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is usually associated with signs and symptoms of a lung or heart problem. If you experience pain in your chest, consult a health care provider to rule out any serious problem. Sometimes, however, chest pains may be due to depression. There is a link between heart disease and depression. Depression can increase one’s risk of contracting heart diseases. People, who have had heart attacks, are likely to be more depressed than those, who haven’t had.

Joint Pain and Muscle Aches

Depression is closely linked to pain. Somebody, who lives with chronic pain, is likely to increase his/her risk of depression. Depression may also lead to pain because pain and depression share the same chemical messengers in the brain. Depressed people are three times likely to develop chronic pain.

Exhaustion and Fatigue

If you feel exhausted and experience low energy levels even when trying to do everyday tasks, you may be depressed. Fatigue and depression feed off each other. According to a study on the relation between fatigue and depression, people, who are depressed are four times likely to experience unexplained fatigue and people, who suffer from fatigue are three times likely to be depressed.

Digestive Problems

The brain and the digestive system is strongly connected owing to which we get nausea or stomach aches when we are worried or stressed. Depression can also cause symptoms, such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea or nausea.


Depressed people have often been observed to experience chronic headaches. According to a study, people, who experience chronic depression, are three times likely to have migraines and those, who have migraines, are five times likely to be depressed.

Change in Appetite

It has been found that some depressed people lose their appetite. Other people have been found to not stop eating food at all. The consequence can either be weight gain or weight loss. Depression has also been linked to eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. The link between depression and anorexia in women is found be to stronger than in men.

To fight the problems of depression, one must structure an exercise regimen and stick to it. Several studies have found that exercising regularly helps in fighting depression.


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