Depression is characterized as a mental health disorder—and rightly so. This does not mean that its effects are only “in the mind,” however. As with most mental health disorders, the impact of depression can also be physical, and those who struggle with it should be prepared for some bodily symptoms.
How Depression Impacts the Body
Here are just a few examples of how depression can have an effect on your physical health.
- Depression can cause sleep problems. It is not uncommon for those with depression to toss and turn at night, or to wake up at odd hours and have difficulty falling back to sleep. This, of course, can have a snowball effect, decreasing your energy, worsening your mood, and diminishing your focus.
- Depression can lead to appetite changes. Those who have depression may find themselves eating more than usual—or, they may find that they don’t want to eat at all. It’s highly variable, but the effects of a sudden change in diet can be far-reaching.
- Depression can cause aches and pains. Those with depression have a dearth of “feel-good” brain chemicals, and that means there may be a higher-than-normal occurrence of headaches, muscle aches, and general fatigue. Simply put, depression can cause you to feel very run down.
- Depression compromises your immune system. Finally, depression yields more inflammatory signals within the body, which means, in short, that those who are depressed have a much greater chance of getting sick.
Get Treatment for Depression
Depression’s impact is ravenous—but the good news is, this is a disorder that responds to clinical treatment. If you struggle with depression’s effects—whether mental or physical—we encourage you to seek help. Start by reaching out to Seacliff to learn more about our holistic approach.Seek treatment for depression and other mental health disorders.