When we think of depression, we often only think of the emotional impact it can have. However, depression can affect people physically as well. According to SingleCare, it is estimated that more than 264 million people worldwide have depression. It's important to understand the toll depression can take on your body and medical wellness as well as your mind and emotions. Let's look at a few ways depression can affect your body.
One of the earliest signs of depression is often the physical symptom of sleeping too much or too little. Depression can affect your sleep patterns because it is often caused by changes in the chemicals in your brain. Sleep is controlled by neurotransmitters and hormones. When there is a change in your brain chemistry, these chemicals and hormones will be altered as well. If you notice changes in your sleep patterns, you should definitely consult your doctor.
Closely related to sleep is eating. Eating habits and appetite are also affected by chemicals in the brain and hormones found throughout the body. When your brain chemicals are altered in some way, it can affect how much you want to eat. Both overeating and undereating can be symptoms of depression. If you notice changes in your usual eating habits, you should talk with your doctor.
A physical symptom of depression that many people don't talk about is sexual changes. Depression affects the hormones and chemicals in your body, so it stands to reason that your sex life might be affected. Just like with sleeping and eating, sexual appetite can be impacted either positively or negatively. Any sudden changes in this area of your health should also be discussed with your doctor for the sake of your medical wellness.
Depression can cause physical fatigue that goes beyond simply feeling tired. Fatigue is when you are not necessarily sleepy, but your body doesn't seem to have the energy to operate on even the most basic level. Some people describe depression fatigue as a feeling of heaviness that you just can't shake. This can have a negative effect on your life, as it makes it difficult to work and interact with your friends and family.
If you feel that you might be experiencing some of these physical symptoms of depression that affect your medical wellness, help is available. Contact Keystone Medical Wellness today to take the first step toward improving your health.