4 Physical Symptoms of Depression

4 Physical Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects about 17.3 million adults in the United States each year.  Although people with depression experience emotional and cognitive issues, they may also struggle with physical symptoms.

At Klarity Clinic, our skilled medical team provides innovative solutions for treatment-resistant depression that doesn’t respond to traditional medications. We offer ketamine infusion therapy to quickly relieve the mental and physical issues depression causes, so you can enjoy a higher quality of life.

An overview of depression

Depression is a mental disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness that lasts for more than two weeks. Symptoms of depression can vary in severity from person-to-person. They may go away for a period of time and come back or remain persistent for months or longer.

The root cause of depression involves an imbalance of chemicals in your brain that affect how you think, feel, act, and make decisions. Imbalances in body-regulating hormones can also trigger depression symptoms.

These imbalances can be the result of:

People of any age can develop depression, even if their circumstances are positive and they are in good physical health.

Recognizing the physical symptoms of depression

The physical symptoms of depression originate from activity in your brain and neurotransmitter levels. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that tell your body what to do. When these levels are low, they can lead to both psychological and physical symptoms.

Psychological symptoms of depression are commonly known and include sadness, guilt, hopelessness, and worthlessness. People with depression may also experience physical symptoms that are less understood.

Here are four physical symptoms linked to depression:

1.Chronic fatigue

A persistent lack of energy is common in those with depression. This may be caused by dysfunction in certain neurotransmitters in your brain, including dopamine.

2. Changes in appetite

Your appetite is regulated by hormones that stimulate hunger sensations. With depression, you may experience appetite changes like increased hunger or a reduction in your appetite.

3. Sleep disturbances

Brain function can disrupt REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, an early sleep stage that plays a role in mood, memory, and learning.  In people with depression, ongoing brain activity can keep you in an awake state, which prevents you from reaching or staying in REM sleep.

4. Chronic pain

The link between chronic pain and depression may be because of shared neurological pathways in the brain. Your body produces chemicals like serotonin in response to pain. These chemicals also affect your mood, so imbalances in brain chemicals can increase your risk for physical pain during depressive episodes.

Getting the right treatment for depression

Traditionally, a combination of antidepressants and psychological counseling is an effective way to manage depression in the long term. However, some people with depression don’t respond well to these therapies.

Our Klarity Clinic physicians specialize in ketamine infusion therapy that works directly on the brain to boost neurotransmitter levels. Treatment can also stimulate the growth of new neural pathways that support quick and lasting relief of depression symptoms.

Ketamine therapy can also be a beneficial treatment option if you can’t find relief of chronic pain from depression or other chronic diseases.

Call the Klarity Clinic office near you to schedule a depression evaluation, or book an appointment online today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Can I Have Alcohol Addiction If I Only Drink Socially?

Alcohol is a common part of today’s social culture and may put you at risk for alcohol addiction. Learn about the possible warning signs that your social drinking is getting out of control and how ketamine infusion therapy can support your recovery.

Who Is at Risk for PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in about one in 11 Americans. Learn more about common PTSD risk factors and how ketamine infusion therapy can provide the symptom relief you need to keep your PTSD under control. .

6 Signs Your Loved One is an Alcoholic

Alcoholism can make someone you love change right before your eyes. This post includes information about six common warning signs of alcohol addiction you may see in someone you love and how ketamine infusions can support long-term recovery.

Why Would My Teen Need Ketamine Therapy?

Watching your teen struggle with depression can be the most helpless feeling in the world as a parent. Find out how ketamine therapy can be the solution you need for teens with treatment-resistant depression.

I Feel Depressed All the Time

An estimated 2.8 million Americans live with treatment-resistant depression and still feel depressed all the time, even with treatment. Learn how ketamine infusion therapy can be the solution you need to find long-lasting relief of your symptoms.

Financial Signs of a Loved One’s Drug Addiction

An addiction to drugs can put a strain on all areas of your life, especially your finances. Learn more about common financial issues addicts face, so you can identify warning signs of addiction in someone you love.