Friday, 3 October 2014


More people are troubled by what is plain in Scripture than by what is obscure. Though we know very well that the obvious symptoms of depression are emotional, sadness and hopelessness, depression may also come with physical symptoms, including nausea, diarrhea, pain, and weight changes. We don't need to ignore these symptoms as much as we possibly won't neglect that state of sadness or hopelessness.

Pain and other changes in your health can actually be the first signs of depression, expressing possible physical effects of depression may speed up the diagnoses and treatment of depression.

Man finds nothing so intolerable as to be in a state of complete rest, without passions, without occupation, without diversion, without effort. Then he feels his nullity, loneliness, inadequacy, dependence, helplessness, emptiness.

Have you taken time to recognise these symptoms. 

Stomach problems are common in people with depression or anxiety, especially in children and adolescents. “Lots of kids have tummy problems and when you look into them, you find they’re often related to school anxiety or their peer relationships,” acknowledges a specialist. Adults with depression also may have digestive issues, such as queasiness, nausea, and diarrhea. Some digestive disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, or ulcers, can be worsened by stress and depression.

Headaches can have many causes, and sometimes they can be signs of depression. Headaches that are related to depression are usually dull and generalized. Also, people with depression often report their headaches are worse in the morning and in the evening. They are likely tension headaches, which occur when the muscles in your neck and scalp become tense or contract. What possibly happens is that, when people are depressed, they may be tensing this muscle group, not realizing it and creating a lot of head pain. 

Trouble sleeping is one clue to diagnosing depression. People with depression can have difficulty falling asleep or they may wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. We all get stressed and might not sleep now and then, if the problems with sleeping go on for more than a few weeks, you need to start thinking about whether it’s an emotional difficulty that needs to be addressed. As well a lot more people with depression might sleep more than normal. 

Back or muscle aches can be another physical sign of depression. There’s a relationship between how well people take care of themselves and depression. People with depression tend to exercise less and are less likely to focus on healthy eating. When you don’t treat your body in the most healthful ways, you may have more physical pain, possibly in your back and muscles or joints. Meanwhile depression can make conditions worse for people living with any kind of chronic pain.

Exhaustion and fatigue or lack of energy are classic hallmarks of depression. Depression and fatigue tend to feed off each other, so much so that in many people with depression, it’s hard to say what came first, their depression or their fatigue. When people treat their anxieties and depression, it’s amazing how much more alive they feel and how much more energy they have.

Are you eating too much and gaining weight? Or have you lost interest in food and are losing weight? Any change in appetite can be a sign of depression. People often use food to deal with emotional stress and feelings of sadness. If your change in appetite lasts for more than a few weeks, talk to your doctor to find out if it’s related to depression or another medical problem, hopefully not both.

If you experience chest pain, don't delay seeking medical treatment. Chest pain can be a sign of a heart attack or other serious heart conditions. However, chest pain also can be related to your emotional health. “Chest pain is often associated with panic attacks, which is an anxiety issue,” says a specialist. When people are having a panic attack, they can have heart palpitations and have difficulty breathing, just like they were having a heart attack. If your doctor concludes that your chest pain is not indicative of a heart attack or other heart condition, ask whether it could be a sign of depression or anxiety.

A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough. Forgiveness is always free. But that doesn't mean that confession is always easy. Sometimes it is hard. Incredibly hard. It is painful to admit our negative feelings and entrust ourselves to doctor's care, mostly when intoxicated by culture, religion or social deterrence.