While depression is primarily mental health issue, it can also have significant effect on physical health in more than one way. Depression is known to lead to headaches, sleep disorders and fatigue. It can also have negative influence on digestive tract resulting in nausea or loss of appetite. Our immune system can also be weakened in the case of prolonged depression, making us more prone to getting sick in general. Every demographic category is equally hit by depression and over 17 million people in the US alone had some form of depression last year.
- Both irritable bowel syndrome and gastroesophageal reflux disease have been linked to depression.
- Depressed individuals often suffer from headaches, which in turn can fuel further depression.
- The lack of physical activity associated with depression can lead to back pain and stiff joints.
“Depression isn’t just in your head. It can affect your entire life, body and all.”