Symptoms of Depression 2

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 18.8 million American adults suffer from clinical depression. That is 9.5 percent of the adult population. Depression not only affects a persons mental health, but it can also carry with it physical symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most of us know about the emotional symptoms of depression. But you may not know that depression can cause physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people with depression feel pain or other physical symptoms. These include:

h Headaches. These are fairly common in people with depression.

h Back pain.

h Muscle aches and joint pain. Depression can make any kind of chronic pain worse.

h Chest pain.

h Digestive problems.

h Exhaustion and fatigue. No matter how much you sleep, you may still feel tired or worn out.

h Sleeping problems. Many people with depression can't sleep well anymore. They wake up too early or can't fall asleep when they go to bed. Others sleep more than normal.

h Change in appetite or weight, and

h Dizziness or lightheadedness.

In some cases, treating your depression -- with therapy or medicine or both -- will resolve your physical symptoms. But make sure to tell your health care provider about any physical symptoms. Don't assume they'll go away on their own.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.