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Depression is a mental

illness, but it can affect

your body as well as your mind








Sleep Problems

Depression is a mental illness, but it can affect your

body as well as your mind. Sleep

problems, for example, can be a symptom of

depression. Trouble falling asleep or

staying asleep is common in people who are

depressed. But some people

with depression may find that they sleep too much




Chest Pain

Chest pains can be a sign of a heart or lung problem. If

you experience chest pains, see

your health care provider to rule out any serious cause. But

sometimes chest pains can

be a sign of depression. There's also a link between

depression and heart disease. Depression

can increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, people

who've had heart attacks are more likely

to be depressed



Fatigue and Exhaustion

If you feel so exhausted that you don't have energy

for everyday tasks -- even when you

sleep or rest a lot -- it may be a sign that you're

depressed. Depression and fatigue can

feed off each other. According to one major study, people

who are depressed are more

than four times as likely to develop unexplained fatigue, and

people who suffer from fatigue

are nearly three times as likely to become depressed. Depression

and fatigue together tend

to make both conditions seem worse



Muscle Aches and Joint Pain

Pain and depression are closely linked. Living with chronic

pain can increase the risk

of depression. And depression itself may lead to pain

because the two conditions share

chemical messengers in the brain. In fact, people who

are depressed are three times as

likely to develop chronic pain






Digestive Problems

Our brains and digestive systems are strongly connected, which

is why many of us get

stomach aches or nausea when we're stressed or

worried. Depression can get you in your

gut too -- causing symptoms of nausea, indigestion

diarrhea, or constipation




People with depression often complain of chronic headaches. One

study showed that people

with major depression are three times more likely to have

migraines and people with migraines

are five times more likely to become depresse





Changes in Appetite or Weight

Some people lose their appetite when they feel depressed. Others

can't stop eating -- it

soothes their frustration or misery. The result

can be weight gain or loss and, with

weight loss, lack of energy. Depression has been

linked to eating disorders like

bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating. In women, the

link between depression and

anorexia or bulimia is especially stron



Back Pain

Chronic back pain may contribute to depression. But

depression may increase a person's

risk of developing back pain, too. People who are

depressed may be four times more

likely to develop intense, disabling neck or back pain



Agitation and Restlessness

Irritability and restlessness may be related to sleep

problems or other symptoms of

depression. Depression increases the risk of alcohol

or other substance abuse, which

also can contribute to irritability and restlessness. Men

are more likely than women

to be irritable when they're depressed





Sexual Problems

If you're depressed, you might lose your interest in sex. Severe

depression, especially, can

have an impact on sex. People who are depressed are

more likely to use alcohol and

drugs, both of which can reduce your sex drive. Some

prescription drugs -- including

ones that treat depression -- can also take away your

sex drive and affect performance. Talk

to your doctor about your treatment options






Research suggests that a regular exercise program not

only keeps you fit, but also releases

chemicals in your brain that may make you feel good, improve

your mood, and reduce your

sensitivity to pain. Although exercise alone won't cure

depression, it can help reduce depression

over the long term. Keep in mind that if you're depressed, it

can be hard to get the energy to keep

exercising. But know that exercise can improve

energy, ease fatigue, and help you sleep better


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