300 million people in the world are living with depression.
But would you know if you have this mood disorder?
Your Amazing Body explains that depression is much more than simple unhappiness. It hurts not just emotionally but physically too.
People with depression often overlook their physical symptoms. This mood disorder comes with fatigue wiping out your energy that won’t let you restore it through a good night’s sleep.
It results in insomnia that weakens your immune system and makes existing illnesses. Worse, it can even cause new ones.
Depression also gives you a complete loss of appetite. It can also start overeating, causing your weight to fluctuate. This can lead to malnutrition or diabetes.
So If you’re depressed, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol which speeds-up the heart rate and makes your blood vessels shrink. This can trigger chest pains and cause cardiovascular diseases including stroke and heart attack.
Cortisol also blocks the absorption of calcium that can lead to osteoporosis.
Moreover, depression can cause a decrease in the body’s neurotransmitters like dopamine. With a lack of these neurotransmitters in your brain, your body struggles to regulate biological processes like appetite, sleep and sex drive.
Depression also makes you very sensitive to pain. Patients struggle with migraines or back pain, or any other unexplained body aches.
These symptoms of depression can last for weeks, months or even years.
But depression is treatable.
The first thing you should do is talk. Talk to your family and talk to your doctor if you are showing signs of depression.
Depression is much more than simple unhappiness. It hurts. Not just emotionally, but physically too.
Posted by Your Amazing Body on Monday, 27 August 2018