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    WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Arms / Hands

    When fingers and hands start to ache, we immediately think of arthritis. But aches and muscle pain can be symptoms of many conditions, including depression. It's important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation to determine the cause.

    Depression and pain are interrelated. Thus, when you're depressed, vague aches and pains -- such as joint pain -- become more apparent to you.

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    Are you worried that your child may be depressed? Most kids have days when they feel sad, lonely, or depressed. But, if your child seems persistently sad or hopeless and it is affecting relationships, he or she may suffer from childhood depression, a serious mental health condition that needs medical assessment and treatment. At any given time, one out of every five young people is dealing with mental health problems. The good news is that health care professionals can accurately diagnose, treat,...

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    Could your aches and muscle pain be related to or worsened by depression? Find out by keeping a symptom diary, which can help you identify patterns. Print out this symptom diary, and fill it out. Then take it to your doctor to discuss what may be causing your symptoms.

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on August 15, 2015

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