Depression is most often characterized by the emotional symptoms it brings- persistent low mood, hopelessness, sadness, and worthlessness – that can make day to day life difficult and be extremely taxing on your mental well being.
But the mind and body are heavily connected and when you experience depression, the challenges do not stop with just your mental health. Many people will also experience physical health problems when depression is left untreated.
How Depression Can Affect You Physically
Depression can have both short term and long term physical health challenges that often get worse the longer depression goes untreated. Common symptoms include:
- Joint Pain
- Weight Loss
- High Blood Pressure
- Reduced Immune Function
- Chronic Nausea
- Back Pain
- Increased Risk of Coronary Artery Disease
In addition to these effects, depression often results in excessive sleep or insomnia and weight loss or weight gain. These can have their own physical health effects that put you at greater risk for pain and disease.
Treating depression is often the most effective way to deal with these physical health concerns while also minimizing the mental health issues and bringing you back to an overall greater wellbeing.
Aware Behavioral Health offers depression treatment in Dallas using solutions tailored to your specific needs and relying on a combination of medication and psychotherapy to manage both negative feelings and physical health concerns. Reach out to us to get started with Dallas depression treatment.