Depression is a common but a severe brain disorder where our thoughts or brain starts functioning irrationally. It creates an emotional burden on the person which slowly leads to agony. It affects our day to day activities like eating, sleeping, making decisions etc. We all go through this phase at least once. We all take depression lightly, but there are many out there who give up their lives due to depression. Depression can be caused due to various reasons, losing someone, stressful schedule, responsibilities, unhealthy relationship etc.
We are aware of the mental changes caused due to depression, depression is such that it can change a person’s whole outlook towards life. But we are unaware of the adverse consequences we face physically ones we encountered with depression.
Physical effects of depression:
Depression leads to the constant feeling of tiredness. Depression is a phase where your mind is tired of dealing with the challenges thrown by life, as your brain is tired already your body too starts feeling wiped out frequently.
Lack of sleep
People with depression find it difficult to fall asleep, or even if they manage to sleep, they tend to wake up in the middle of the night and then find it difficult to fall asleep again. Lacking sleep due to workload is common but if you notice yourself not sleeping for more than a couple of weeks then you must consider taking steps against depression.
Change in appetite
Change in appetite again is a sign of depression. If you suddenly eat too much and have turned obese, or do not eat much and turned stick thin, you know you might be under depression. We always target food when we are under mental pressure. Some tend to eat a lot during the depression and some literally boycott food as if food is the culprit for all their life stresses. If you see changes in the appetite you should consult a doctor because the reason can either be depression or some health problem.
Feeling uneasy in the stomach is very common when we talk about weak mental health. Anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias etc. all have one thing in common, digestive problem. Sudden stomach pain, nausea and diarrhoea are the highlighted feelings felt when in depression. You should consult a doctor if you face the digestive problem as it can be some medical issue too.
A constant headache
Depressed people often have headaches. This is mainly because their brain is constantly stressed and is in the thinking process always. A person in depression is always busy with dull thoughts and these thoughts lead him to constant headaches.
Other physical effects of depression –
- Muscular pain
- Back pain
- Lost interest in sex
- Chest pain
- Short temper