The impact of depression on your health

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Depression is among the common psychiatric conditions in the US. It affects approximately 26% of adults. It is a complicated mental health disorder that affects your mood, leaving you in a hopeless state. When your negative mental response to a particular trigger goes beyond two weeks, it could be a sign of severe depression.

Depression affects people differently. Here are common symptoms of depression:

  • Loss of pleasure in some of the activities you previously enjoyed
  • Fatigue
  • Intrusive thoughts of suicide
  • Depressed moods that goes for many days
  • Physical agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of sluggishness
  • Feeling guilty or worthless

Here is how depression can affect your health and overall wellbeing.

Change in body weight

Depression triggers a change in appetite, which to some people, may lead to unintended weight gain. Consult your doctor to advice on the reason for sudden weight gain. In some instances, it could be an underlying problem, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Recurring pain

A person with depression will experience headaches from time to time, accompanied by pain. You will start experiencing pain on your muscles, joints, breast tenderness, and random headaches. Your depression symptoms may become worse due to chronic pain.

Heart problems

The fact that depression leads to a state of hopelessness, your ability to make positive life changes is affected. You put your heart at risk by consuming a poor diet and living a sedentary lifestyle. Depression, on its own, can be a direct cause of heart failure.

Autoimmune disorders

Chronic depression due to stress may lead to changes in your immune system. Inflammatory conditions due to immune disorders such as type II diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and arthritis are common in people with depression.

Sexual health problems

Sexual health problems vary from start experiencing low libido, lack of orgasms, having a problem getting aroused, and to some extent, experience non-pleasurable orgasms. Your relationship is at risk when going through depression because it will have an impact on sexual activity.

Worsens existing health conditions

If you already have some chronic health problems, depression may worsen the symptoms. Treating a long-term chronic illness is already depressing due to the isolation, which, if not handled with care, may exacerbate the existing condition.

Talk to your doctor about preserving your mental health to help improve physical fitness, making the existing health problems easy to manage.

Insomnia

You may experience insomnia (trouble sleeping), leaving you exhausted, and making the management of mental and physical tasks difficult. Lack of sleep is central to the many problems that affect a depressed person. Insomnia can lead to high blood pressure, weight loss, diabetes, and to some extent, some form of cancer.

Stomach problems

When in a state of depression, you will most likely report cases of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or constipation. Depression changes the way your brain responds to stress by suppressing the pituitary glands, hypothalamus, and the adrenal gland leading to all sorts of stomach upsets.

You can fight depression and win. Consult a doctor who may recommend therapy or medication. The right approach will see you bounce back both physically and mentally.