Depression can hide behind physical pain.
When you think of depression symptoms, you probably think of someone looking sad and withdrawing from friends. While these are, in fact, some of the symptoms of depression, depression can also manifest itself in physical symptoms that appear to be unrelated to a mental health issue.
It is fairly common for people with depression to suffer headaches. It also causes regular migraine sufferers with depression to feel the pain more intensely. People who typically experience back pain may also feel the pain more if they are depressed. Other ways that depression can manifest itself as physical symptoms are muscle and joint pain, appetite changes, and more.
If you have any of these symptoms, visit your health care provider. Be sure to share with him or her that if you think depression might be causing symptoms. Take a quick mental health self-assessment first to help you determine if you have symptoms consistent with depression. You want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.