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Consequences of depression

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Depression can affect people in many different ways. It is considered an illness as can bring on many associated physical health symptoms including:

  • chronic fatigue

  • physical aches and pains that have no apparent source

  • increased susceptibility to disease


There are other consequences including:

  • sadness and feeling weepy

  • numbness, tiredness and a loss of interest in activities

  • weight loss - eating less as there is a lack of appetite

  • weight gain - eating more for comfort

  • substance use and abuse, which could lead to addiction

  • losing friends as the person has become so withdrawn

  • loss of relationships with family members as the person has lost interest in having conversations and going to family events

  • self-injury or suicide



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