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WebMD's Symptom Finder: Physical Symptoms of Depression - Legs / Feet

When you're depressed, muscle aches in your legs and feet can seem to come out of nowhere. They may not be related to any known injury or strain, and certainly need medical evaluation.

But depression and physical pain are closely related. Depression makes us more aware of vague aches and pains we would otherwise not notice. It also intensifies the feeling of pain and discomfort.

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Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Almost everyone has dark thoughts when his or her mood is bad. With depression, though, the thoughts can be extremely negative. They can also take over and distort your view of reality. Cognitive therapy can be an effective way to defuse those thoughts. When used for depression, cognitive therapy provides a mental tool kit that can be used to challenge negative thoughts. Over the long term, cognitive therapy for depression can change the way a depressed person sees the world. Studies have shown...

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Could your muscle aches be related to depression? One way to find out is to keep a symptom diary. 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 May 04, 2013

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