How Depression Hurts

Have you ever gone to the doctor with any of the following symptoms?

- Overwhelming fatigue

- Muscle aches

- Vague abdominal pain

- Diarrhea or constipation

- Palpitations

- Shortness of breath

- Joint aches

Have any of these symptoms been accompanied by the following complaints?

- Sleep disturbances

- Appetite disturbances

- Memory and concentration difficulties

- Anxiety

- Loss of interest in usual activities

- Lack of enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities

- Altered sex drive

Has your doctor done a thorough physical examination, followed by a battery of lab work and radiographic studies, only to tell you that everything is normal?

If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from Multisomatoform Disorder (MSD). With this disorder patients suffer from three or more unexplained physical symptoms. Recent studies suggest that patients with MSD are at highest risk for an underlying depressive and/or anxiety disorder.

In a recent worldwide study of patients with diagnosed depression, over half of the patients reported multiple unexplained physical symptoms. Alone or in combination, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, or MSD can become debilitating.

If you are suffering from unexplained physical symptoms and feel anxious or sad, you need to see your physician to rule out the possibility of MSD, Depression, or Anxiety Disorder. Unexplained physical symptoms may be the warning signs of Depression, Anxiety Disorder, or MSD.

Remember, life is supposed to be enjoyed not endured.

Dr. Messina became a Board Certified Family Practitioner in 1985. He was in solo practice until 1994. He then helped form a group Family Practice in which he served as Vice President. He left group practice in 1997 and became the Medical Director of a Wellness Center. He was responsible for coordinating the efforts of nutritionists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, and Chinese medicine practitioners into integrated medical care plans that were individualized to the patient. He became the Medical Director of an independent clinical research facility in 2000. He has been the Principal Investigator in over 50 clinical trials involving osteoarthritis, diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, dry eye, migraine, and diabetes prevention. He has served as consultant to a nutritional company, and has formulated nutritional supplements.

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