Depression Affects Your Mind and Body
Everyone feels sad or “blue” from time
to time for a few days or weeks. Depression is when these feelings don't go away and
interfere with daily life. Depression is a real, serious illness, just like diabetes
heart disease. It can develop at any age. It is one of the most common mental health
problems in the U.S. Depression makes you feel sad, helpless, and sometimes hopeless.
gets in the way of your life and relationships. Depression causes chemical changes
brain that inhibit your ability to think and act. But, with help, you can feel better
Depression affects your whole body
Brain chemicals affect your body as well as your mood. So depression may do more than
just make you feel low. You may also feel bad physically. Depression can:
Cause trouble with mental
tasks, such as remembering, concentrating, or making decisions
Make you feel nervous and jumpy
Cause trouble sleeping. Or
you may sleep too much.
Change your appetite
Cause headaches, stomachaches, or other aches and pains
Drain your body of energy
Depression and other illness
It is common for people who have chronic health problems to also have depression.
It can often be hard to tell which one caused the other. A person might become depressed
after finding out they have a health problem. But some studies suggest being depressed
may make certain health problems more likely. And some depressed people stop taking
care of themselves. This may make them more likely to get sick.