Most of us associate depression with deep sadness and despair. But sometimes the symptoms of mental illness, especially at an early stage, are subtle or seemingly unrelated. Many people don’t recognize depression based on other, unrelated symptoms because mental illness in particular is mistaken for weakness or more closely related to feelings of sadness, says Richard Kravitz, a professor at UCD University of California.
Early recognition of warning signs is essential to treating depression right away. See the signs that will motivate you to seek specialist help, whether you are worried about yourself or a loved one.
1. Pain in the waist or neck
A study published in the journal Pain shows that people with depression are four times more likely to develop back or neck pain than healthy people. Depression and pain share common biological pathways and neurotransmitters in the brain. Pain is the most frequent psychosomatic symptom. People with depression tend to be more sensitive to pain due to their emotional state.
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