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 they interfere with daily life. Depression is a real illness that 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 hopeless. It gets in the way of your life and relationships. Depression causes chemical changes in the brain that inhibit your ability to think and act. But, with help, you can feel better again.
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.
© 2000-2022 The StayWell Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.