Depression is associated with some major signs like a cloud of extreme sadness and not feeling hopeful about anything in life but there are other signs which can also be indicators of depression including weight gain and feeling nothing at all. Awareness of these symptoms is necessary in order to consider oneself as affected by depression. Many people don’t consider that they may be suffering from depression because they don’t want to appear weak but for many other people lack of awareness of symptoms also hinders diagnosis of depression.
Correct and timely diagnosis of depression is essential because depression can be life threatening and also timely diagnosis makes it easier for people to be treated and to return to their normal life.
Here are some symptoms that can be caused by depression:
1. Recurring Pain
The neural pathways and transmitters of physical pain and depression are the same thus people suffering from mental illness or depression are also faced with repeated and persistent pain.
A recent research shows that patients of depression report feeling extreme back and neck pain four times more than those without any depression. This generally happens because people with low mood are more sensitive to their body and thus feel pain more intensely. Issues like headaches and pain in stomach or general pain in body become more intense.
A research done in 2008 corroborated this research by finding out that when people who already feel sad are faced with the possibility of pain they show higher levels of emotion and less of coping mechanism and hence their ability to handle pain is significantly reduced.