What can Depression do to your body: 5 physically harmful effects of depression

One of the major reasons why depression is bad is because of its harmful effects on the body. It causes not only mental or emotional changes but also physical problems.
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Sometimes, it is difficult to diagnose depression because people do not know that their physical health is deteriorating due to depression. Depression must be treated and taken utmost care of. It is one of the most complex health conditions that causes a person to have low mood and leaves them sad or hopeless. The risk of depression is not limited to mental health but also physical well being of an individual. Check out these harmful effects of depression on your body.

Gastrointestinal problems

Depression can cause diarrhea or constipation. It may lead to an upset stomach. The reason why these symptoms occur has to do with the fact that serotonin, which is thought to play a role in mood regulation, also has important effects in the gut. In fact, most of the body's serotonin is produced and stored in the gut.

Pain

People with depression suffer pain in joints, limbs or back. Majority of depression patients complain about vague aches. Depression affects a variety of brain chemicals associated with both physical health and happiness. When your body is low in these “feel-good chemicals”, you may experience physical effects ranging from headaches to joint and muscle pain.

Pain

Fatigue

Depression causes fatigue. It may be hard for most people with depression to get out of bed and do simple activities like bathing. No matter how much they sleep they just can’t get rested.

Heart Disease

A person’s lifestyle changes when they suffer from depression. This leads to increase in heart disease when they eat a poor diet and adapt an unhealthy lifestyle. According to researchers, most people with heart failure had depression.

Weight Loss/Weight Gain

Depression can cause weight gain or weight loss. It causes extreme appetite changes. The unintended weight gain or loss leads to various health problems like diabetes, heart diseases etc.

Weight loss

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