Hello and welcome to Depression Expert Answers. I'm Amy Alpine your host, and today we've got noted Psychiatrist Dr. Melva Green. Dr. Green thank you so much
Oh thank you for having me
So we have some depression related questions we went out on the street to ask people what they wanted to know. So let's just go to one now.
What are some of the physical symptoms I can experience with depression?
Oh that's a brilliant question, what are they?
Many of the mental and physical symptoms of depression overlap. It's never just in your head or just in your body. Depression is a condition that affects mind body and spirit;
for example, 2 out of 3 people also have pain. Pain and depression share many of the same nerve pathways, share many of the same neurotransmitters.
So people often experience pain in depression, so not only emotional pain but also physical pain.
What kind of physical pain?
They can have headaches, stomach aches, backaches, worsening of chronic pains that they also have.
So how do you know if it's a physical or a mental problem?
Well again, getting help, talking with your doctor, seeking care immediately-- not waiting, not putting it off. Not saying it's all in your head or all in your body. Seeking help is the key.
And what about weight loss or gain, that can be a sign as well?
Absolutely, some people gain weight in depression, some people lose weight in depression. We know that the gut is referred to as the other brain. It shares many of the receptors that the brain has.
And sleep disturbance as well right?
Absolutely, but interestingly about sleep again. It can be too much sleep, or not enough sleep. So people often times suffer from insomnia.
All of these symptoms, the physical as well as the mental exacerbate each other, it's really important to seek help.
Depression is the common cold of psychology, it's very common right?
It's very common, very common. But treatment works, getting into care is essential, getting the help that you need from a psychiatric as well as a psychological perspective.
Dr. Green thank you so much for being here, and we hope to see you again on Depression Expert Answers.