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What are physical symptoms of depression?

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Depression can cause real changes in your body, including:

  • Feeling pain differently, and chronic pain is worse
  • Digestive problems
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Sleeping problems
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

SOURCES: 

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition, Text Revision. 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression." 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. .  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, 2nd Edition

Focus, Winter 2005. 

WebMD Medical News: "Study Links Depression and Pain." 

Medscape: Manning, J. .  The Brain-Body Connection and the Relationship Between Depression and Pain

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES: 

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition, Text Revision. 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression." 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. .  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, 2nd Edition

Focus, Winter 2005. 

WebMD Medical News: "Study Links Depression and Pain." 

Medscape: Manning, J. .  The Brain-Body Connection and the Relationship Between Depression and Pain

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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