Recognising that you’re depressed is the first step in taking control of the condition. At Chrysalis Not For Profit we often get asked about the physical symptoms of depression, in this blogpost we’ll look at the most common ones.

Anyone can suffer from depression

Experts agree that one in ten people in the UK suffer from depression, and it can strike young and old, male or female alike. Depression can be debilitating, both mentally and physically, but it’s these physical symptoms that are often overlooked.

Looking for the physical symptoms of a mental illness may seem a strange idea, but finding that you or someone you know are suffering from any of these symptoms may mean that the condition shouldn’t be ruled out. The most common physical symptoms of depression are:

  • Aches or pains you can’t explain away
  • Unusual sleep patterns (being unable to sleep or waking up early)
  • Speaking or moving at a slower pace than you usually would
  • Any change in weight or appetite (your weight might go down but sometimes weight gain can also indicate depression)
  • A change in your period cycle
  • Losing energy and/or interest in sex

Experiencing one or more of these symptoms doesn’t automatically mean you or someone you know is suffering from depression. However, they’re a good indication and seeing your GP about any of the above physical conditions is a good idea.


Depression is something that it’s difficult to self-diagnose, there’s a massive difference between feeling down and clinical depression. It’s unwise to try and diagnose yourself, and it’s always best to seek help and advice from a professional.

Rightly, there is no stigma attached to depression anymore and GPs are keen to see and treat people suffering. This may be with medication, but other activities are also available that improve the wellbeing of those suffering with depression, these include physical exercise and talking therapies.

Chrysalis Not For Profit

If you’re interested in learning how you may be able to help people overcome depression through a course in Psychotherapeutic Counselling why don’t you take some time to inquire about Chrysalis courses and what we can offer you.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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