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Surprising Symptoms Of Depression

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When you think of someone who has depression, you think of someone who is sad. However, according to, “Depression doesn’t always look like debilitating sadness,” says Richard Kravitz, MD, MSPH, a professor of internal medicine at University of California, Davis, and an expert in identifying depression in primary-care settings. “Patients are reluctant to consider depression as a cause of their symptoms—in part because they may equate it with weakness, but also in part because they simply don’t associate those symptoms with depression.” This article will describe some surprising symptoms that can be equated for symptoms associated with depression.


One symptom of depression that may surprise you is pain. According to, this may consist of stomachaches or headaches. You may also experience greater sensitivity to pain in general. According to, “Depression and pain share some of the same biological pathways and neurotransmitters. About 75% of people with depression suffer recurring or chronic pain, research shows. In a Canadian study published in the journal Pain, people with depression were four times more likely to have intense or disabling neck and low back pain than those who were not depressed. “When you’re in a negative state, you’re apt to tune into your body more carefully, and therefore feel any discomforts more acutely,” Kravitz explains. A 2008 study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that when people with depression anticipate pain, their brain activity indicates more emotion and less coping, so they’re less able to handle the hurt.”

Loss Of Temper

In addition to experiencing pain, another surprising symptom of depression is losing one’s temper. According to, being grouchy or going off on a rage is considered a sign of depression. According to, “In a 2013 study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, 54% of people with depression reported feeling hostile, grumpy, argumentative, foul-tempered, or angry. “Once you’re on the negative side of the house, you’re more accessible to the rooms where other negative moods hang out—irritability, frustration and anger,” says Simon Rego, PsyD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center.”


This article has provided readers with two surprising symptoms, pain and loss of temper, that may be considered symptoms associated with depression for individuals. If you believe you are depressed, do not self-diagnose yourself. Consult with a professional for help.


Surprising Symptoms Of Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). Surprising Symptoms Of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 9, 2020, from


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