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Physical Symptoms of Depression in Pictures

Sleep Problems

Photo of a depressed man suffering from insomnia.

Depression can affect your body as well as your mind. Trouble falling or staying asleep is common in people who are depressed. But some may find that they get too much shut-eye.

Chest Pain

Photo of a woman experiencing chest pain.

It can be a sign of heart, lung, or stomach problems, so see your doctor to rule out those causes. Sometimes, though, it's a symptom of depression.

Depression can also raise your risk of heart disease. Plus, people who've had heart attacks are more likely to be depressed.

Fatigue and Exhaustion

Photo of a depressed woman suffering from fatigue and exhaustion.

If you feel so tired that you don't have energy for everyday tasks -- even when you sleep or rest a lot -- it may be a sign that you're depressed. Depression and fatigue together tend to make both conditions seem worse.

Muscle Aches and Joint Pain

Photo of a woman with neck pain.

When you live with ongoing pain it can raise your risk of depression.

Depression may also lead to pain because the two conditions share chemical messengers in the brain. People who are depressed are three times as likely to get regular pain.

Digestive Problems

Photo of a depressed woman experiencing nausea.

Our brains and digestive systems are strongly connected, which is why many of us get stomachaches or nausea when we're stressed or worried.

Depression can get you in your gut too -- causing nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation.

Headaches

Photo of a depressed woman with a headache.

One study shows that people with major depression are three times more likely to have migraines, and people with migraines are five times more likely to get depressed.

Changes in Appetite or Weight

Photo of a depressed woman with a lack of appetite.

Some people feel less hungry when they get depressed. Others can't stop eating. The result can be weight gain or loss, along with lack of energy.

Depression has been linked to eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating.

Back Pain

Photo of a woman rubbing an aching back.

When it hurts you there on a regular basis, it may contribute to depression. And people who are depressed may be four times more likely to get intense, disabling neck or back pain.

Agitation and Restlessness

Photo of a man feeling restless and irritable.

Sleep problems or other depression symptoms can make you feel this way. Men are more likely than women to be irritable when they're depressed.

Sexual Problems

Photo of a couple sleeping back to back.

If you're depressed, you might lose your interest in sex. Some prescription drugs that treat depression can also take away your drive and affect performance. Talk to your doctor about your medicine options.

Exercise

Photo of a family hula hooping together.

Research suggests that if you do it regularly, it releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good, improve your mood, and reduce your sensitivity to pain.

Although physical activity alone won't cure depression, it can help ease it over the long term.

If you're depressed, it can sometimes be hard to get the energy to exercise. But try to remember that it can ease fatigue and help you sleep better.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on 7/13/2015

Physical Symptoms of Depression in Pictures

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