Trauma doesn’t just leave its marks on the mind. Even after the scars of the attack or event have healed, the body can still suffer physical problems. One of the most common and devastating issues that can arise along with PTSD is severe depression. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel like they should be strong enough to handle “being sad” and try to face this challenge alone. Not only can this mindset leave the mental struggle untreated, but it can also have serious effects on the body as well.
If you are suffering from any of the following physical symptoms, especially if you have suffered some kind of trauma, you should seek out professional help.
- Loss of appetite – Have you been having trouble enjoying food like you used to? Do you just not feel hungry? Have you been losing weight without meaning to? A loss in your appetite can be an indication that you are dealing with depression.
- Insomnia – Do you find it hard to sleep? Does the darkness and stillness of the night leave you anxious or unable to drift off?
- Hypersomnia – Or, on the other hand, do you find yourself sleeping too much? Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning and end up spending hours in bed when you know you should be up?
- Memory problems – Have you found yourself becoming more forgetful? Do you forget where you left your keys or can’t find your glasses? Short term memory can especially be affected by depression.
Untreated depression is very dangerous, but there is hope. With the help of a therapist, you can overcome your depression and enjoy a happy active life again!