11 Physical Symptoms of Depression

man with chest pain

Chest pain and heart problems can be signs of depression

Depression symptoms vary from the very minimal to the life altering; they go from mental symptoms that can go unnoticed to physical symptoms that can be misdiagnosed. It is important to understand all the triggering factors that may affect a person suffering from depression. The following list presented by WebMD mentions the top 11 physical symptoms that go hand in hand with depression.

  1. Sleep problems: Depression can easily affect sleeping patterns, patients can find themselves sleeping too little or too much without getting any rest. Stress can trigger sleeping problems, and also cause depression.
  2. Chest pains: Depression and heart problems are closely link, usually one leads to another, that is to say that people with heart problems or who have suffered a heart attack are prone to suffering from depression, and people with depression are at risk of developing chest pains.
  3. Fatigue, exhaustion: These symptoms are also closely linked to depression; people suffering from fatigue are four times more likely of suffering from depression, and people suffering from depression are three times more likely of being exhausted, fatigued.
  4. Muscle, joint pain: Depression and pain are also related. The two conditions share chemical messengers in the brain and one can help diagnose the other. Depression patients are three times more likely of developing chronic pain.
  5. Digestive problems: symptoms affecting both brain and stomach are common in various disorders. Depression symptoms in the brain can cause stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
  6. Headaches: Another symptom closely linked to depression. It presents itself as almost a vicious cycle where headaches can cause depression and vice versa.
  7. Changes in appetite: When people are depressed they tend to either increase their food intake, or lose interest in food all together – leading to weight gain or weight loss. This also affects the energy levels and mood. In women, depression is closely linked to anorexia and bulimia.
  8. Back Pain: As mentioned before, pain is directly linked with depression. Back pain in particular, as our spine controls much of the weight balance. Again, pain can cause depression, and a depressed brain can send pain signals to our body.
  9. Agitation and restlessness: Related to sleep problems, a lack of sleep can increase agitation and restlessness. Also, the risk of alcohol and drug abuse related to depression can have a direct impact on agitation levels. Men experience this more than women.
  10. Sexual problems: It is not unknown for depressed patients to experience sexual dysfunction.  Alcohol and drug abuse also reduce libido. In addition, some anti depressant drugs have side effects that can affect your sexual performance.
  11. Lack of Exercise: It has long been considered a natural treatment for depression, as an increase in activity can release chemicals in the brain that allow for faster transmission of information through neurotransmitters. A lack of energy and an increase in agitation can lead to a decrease in exercise levels and thus increase depression symptoms.


Depression can sometimes be hard to diagnose based on the diversity and variety of the symptoms associated with it. Doctors and patients need to work together to identify which symptoms are acting as triggers and which are directly cause by depression.

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