How depression affects physical health

Don´t confuse depression with sadness: Being sad is a feeling that anyone will be exposed many times throughout their existence, and it´s a normal reaction to unfavorable circumstances that may be temporary or not.

Depression, on the other hand, is a mental disorder that affects the quality of life of the individual and is reflected in a negative way in their relationships, family and work, and can even lead to addiction to substances and / or suicidal behavior.

While the person who´s going through a situation of sadness eventually recovers the good mood, those who suffer from depression often describe their emotional state as that of someone who´s at the bottom of a pit, in the dark, and for more than he seeks not see the light anywhere; the world has turned gray and unsatisfactory, when not openly hostile, and the activities that previously caused him pleasure now are indifferent or annoying.

Among other symptoms of a physical nature, depression can cause headaches, digestive problems, fatigue and insomnia, impair the ability to enjoy sex, and is reflected in the general state of the person, who in many cases begins to neglect their appearance and reacts to social interaction with irritability, reluctance or bitterness.

Scientific studies have proven that when depression becomes chronic it promotes the appearance of physical ailments such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity, and that can affect the functioning of the heart.

Depression can be treated successfully, so it´s very important not to ignore your symptoms and seek professional help as soon as possible.

At Mercy Behavioral Center you will find services for your recovery, such as individual, family and group therapy, drug testing, psychiatric evaluation, referral to community support groups and much more.

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