What Are The Physical Symptoms If Depressed?
I experience loss of enthusiasm and appetite, mood changes, and soon my chest feels tight and my back hurts, is this a symptom of depression or is there something else?
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Basically mental symptoms (which can also be followed by physical symptoms) will only be referred to as mental disorders (depression is included in mental disorders) if these symptoms cause disruption in the functioning of everyday life. Disorders of life functions can include difficulties to study or work, difficulty socializing with others (including being withdrawn from relationships or confining themselves continuously in the room), unable to take care of themselves (including there is a tendency to hurt themselves or suicidal ideation).
If there is indeed a disturbance in the functioning of daily life, then that person may experience mental disorders. But before entering psychiatric diagnoses, it must be ensured in advance that the symptoms are not caused by certain physical illnesses (for example thyroid hormone disorders, head injuries, strokes, tumors, etc.) or the use of certain drugs that can cause symptoms symptoms similar to mental disorders. If these two possibilities have been ruled out, then further tests can be done to confirm certain psychiatric diagnoses (such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.).
As explained above, depression cannot be diagnosed only by the symptoms you mentioned, even though people who are depressed can also have symptoms as you feel. However, such symptoms can also be caused by other things, for example thyroid hormone disorders, severe anemia, severe chronic illness, use of hormonal contraception, use of certain types of illegal drugs, other mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, and many more. It is better to check with the doctor first to make sure. If indeed you experience a significant dysfunction of life, check with a psychiatrist for further evaluation.
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