Physical Signs of Depression That Most People Don’t Know
Feeling sad from time to time is a normal part of life, but being depressed is a very different thing. It can cause a variety of symptoms – both emotional and physical – that persist and affect a person’s day-to-day life.
Depression is a common illness. About 6.7 percent of adults in the United States have depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Worldwide, an estimated 350 million people of various ages suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization.
People who have depression experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loneliness and/or a loss of interest in things they once enjoyed. All these feelings can interfere with the person’s ability to function properly and has a dramatic effect on their quality of life.
While most people are aware of these emotional symptoms, physical symptoms related to depression are often ignored because they are not seen as connected.
To understand depression, you need to be aware of the physical signs, too. This can help in getting timely diagnosis and treatment.