How Untreated Depression Can Harm Your Physical Health

Everyone goes through rough patches when they lose their typical enthusiasm for things they normally love, feel lethargic, or just don’t feel like themselves. But when hopelessness, low energy, and bad self-esteem become prolonged and overtake you, that’s a sign that you’re going through more than just a temporary setback. 

You’re not alone, either. Nearly 19 million Americans suffer each year with depression. The good news is that life-changing solutions exist, and cutting-edge treatments have been introduced recently. 

Unfortunately, even though we’re well into the 21st century, there’s still a stigma that remains about getting help for depression. If you had pneumonia, you’d feel no such self-consciousness about seeking proper treatment. 

In fact, there’s loads of clinical evidence that reveals that your mental health undeniably impacts your physical health — and vice versa.

Jacob Bishop, MD, and Peter Gager, PhD, of TMS Treatment Center, PSC, have made it their life’s work to ease the depression that affects their patients. The TMS team is ready to work with you to alleviate the anguish, overwhelming fatigue, physical pain, and relationship stress you’re experiencing. 

Why it’s unwise and unhealthy to grin and bear depression

Unfortunately, chronic depression isn’t something you can just power through. No matter how much you try to will it away, you need more than just willpower. You need therapeutic approaches, such as medication, talk therapy, and other progressive treatments.

If you don’t seek treatment for your depression, you’re not only robbed of the chance to feel better and more vital, you’re at significantly higher risk for an array of health issues that are purely physical.

The connection between depression and heart disease

Research shows that depression raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and it negatively affects patients who are recovering from such an event. Depression is linked to:

In the first six months after a heart attack, for example, depression can hamper your rate of healing and increase both your risk of being readmitted to the hospital and, most disturbing, your risk for death.

Depression and sleep troubles

A major symptom of depression is fitful sleep, and without proper rest, your health suffers because you can’t get the vital restorative gifts that it provides. Lack of sleep has been linked to a host of serious conditions, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

Depression and diet

Nutrition is another pillar of good health that typically goes awry when you’re depressed. One of the first things to go when you experience depression is a regulated appetite. 

Whether you suffer from loss of appetite or binge on unhealthy foods, food is the basic fuel for your body and brain. If you’re not getting enough or it’s of low nutritional value and full of empty calories, your mood will likely worsen. 

Depression and your sex drive

Chances are, if you struggle with depression, your libido has been affected negatively. If you once enjoyed an active sex life with you partner and no longer do, depression likely plays a big part in that dip. 

A carefully created treatment plan for depression is critical

When it comes down to it, depression can affect most of the systems that rule your physical health and affect your energy profoundly. Fortunately, the TMS Treatment Center team is dedicated to treating your depression holistically so your body, mind, and spirit are lifted. 

We approach your depression with compassion, not judgment, and are dogged in pursuing the most effective, customized treatment plan for you.

Effective treatments now typically include psychotherapy, antidepressants, nutritional counseling, and other lifestyle changes, as well as new progressive treatments that include an exciting individualized approach to electronically stimulating underactive portions of the brain. 

Don’t live another day without pursuing help for depression

Honor yourself and your health by connecting with us at TMS Treatment Center and beginning the journey toward relieving your depression and turning the way you experience life around.

Simply contact our office by calling to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online. We’re dedicated to helping you feel better in every way and are proud to offer the most advanced treatments available for the complex but treatable condition of depression. 

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