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5 Common Depressive Behaviors

Going to the Doctor with Vague Aches and Pains

Imagine you begin feeling muscle pain and spasms in your legs on a regular basis. You start worrying about all of the possibilities. Could it be multiple sclerosis? Maybe Parkinson's disease? You schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out what's behind the pain and physical changes you're experiencing. He or she examines you and runs lab work; once all of the tests are done, you find out ... you're completely fine (on paper, anyway). At first, you're relived, but then worries set in again: What's wrong with me? Why can't the doctor find a cause?

This is a common scenario for many depressed people. Unexplained aches and pains are known symptoms of depression, but if a person is experiencing a mild mood disorder, he or she may not realize the true cause of his or her pain. If depression is diagnosed, an antidepressant may go a long way toward alleviating both the physical and mental problems a depressive is experiencing. Antidepressants are, in fact, trusted treatments of many chronic pain syndromes, with or without depression [source: Sansone, et al].

Pain may hurt you, but the next common depressive behavior can hurt the ones you love.