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can depression cause physical problems like stomach pain-gas etc

By Anonymous December 9, 2011 - 4:56pm
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my daughter died of cancer in sept she had it 4 yrs ive gained 35 lbs since then i cant sleep at night pain in my stomach gas is this stress caused or depression which i have i lost my daughter not sure how to handle myself om lost help

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Depression can negatively affect your physical health. Gastrointestinal problems, like stomach pain, sleep disturbances, chronic joint pain, tiredness and appetite changes are all physical symptoms associated with depression.

I can understand your pain. I lost my mother to cancer. I was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer four years ago.  Each member of my family and I suffered with some degree of depression as a result of my diagnosis.

It is important that you get intervention help. Meeting with a well-trained and sensitive counselor may be helpful. A support group of individuals who have lost a loved one to cancer may be another option.

Depression will not go away on its own. Please take care of your health.


December 9, 2011 - 6:29pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Everything you said, Maryann, is right on point and very true. From extensive experience I agree with you. Depression needs to be treated. It will not go away on its own. A lot of the time, as in my case, it is a chemical lack of a neurotransmitter in my brain that causes my symptoms and I must take an antidepressant and often an antipsychotic as well, to boost the effects of the antidepressant. Depression causes a lot of physical symptoms as you mentioned and once treated one feels ever so much better and can function on a much higher level when treated. bbnrse

January 31, 2012 - 8:42am
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