You went to your doctor to heal a pain that wouldn’t go away. Do any of these personal stories sound familiar?
“Constipation. Somehow I made it to 25 before anyone ever even told me my chronic constipation wasn’t just a quirk and was, in fact, related to depression. I remember family members getting upset with me for being in the bathroom forever when I was in elementary school, and that’s also when my suicidal ideation began. Also, my antidepressants keep me regular. I get a bit angry when I realize how much sooner I could’ve started treatment.” —Cort G.
“My limbs become sore, like when you’ve been sleeping for too long, even if I manage to get up and move a bit, and my entire body becomes sluggish. It’s almost comparable to how you feel after working out for the first time in a while, except it isn’t just something you get every once in a while.” — CJ R.
“Acne. I’ve always had minimum maintenance complexion. Then during this decade of depression, it just seems that my skin has gone backwards. On my face, on my back and chest. And dry skin where I’ve never had problems before too. It just exemplifies the depression and feeling of self-worth. Thanks for letting me vent.” — – Ranee A.
“Massive back pain traveling up and down my spine, as if my body is carrying a painful emotion that can’t be released.” — Jacob K.
“It feels like there’s a hole in my torso, near my solar plexus. It hurts, so much. It starts as a low-key ache, but when it’s really bad it feels like someone’s stabbing me.” — Court N
“People often mistakenly view depression as simply an emotion. Sad, low, down, numb— however we describe it, we focus on how it affects our mind, rather than how it affects our whole being. But when we only define depression by how it affects us emotionally, we miss a big chunk of the experience — how it affects our bodies. Depression is not just an emotion. Its physical effects are real and shouldn’t be ignored.” (Stories collected by Sarah Schuster, 17 Surprising Physical Symptoms of Depression, the mighty.com)
“Sometimes, treating your depression — with therapy or medicine or both — will clear up your physical
symptoms. Medicines for depression “tweak” the chemicals your nerve cell networks use to communicate, making them work more efficiently. Some antidepressants may help with chronic pain, too.
But you may also need something else. For example, your doctor may suggest an anti-anxiety or sleep aid
medicine for insomnia so you can relax and sleep better.
Since pain and depression can sometimes go together, easing your pain may lift your depression as well. You could try cognitive behavioral therapy. It can teach you ways to deal better with pain.” (Depression: Recognizing the Physical Symptoms Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 07, 2016, webmd.com)
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