Nausea & Depression – Can They Be Related?

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2007
Mar 13

One of the most frustrating and debilitating conditions that someone can have is depression. Depression has an effect on every area of our lives, from relationships to work to the simple enjoying of our favorite activities. Depression can have physical symptoms, as well, which can sometimes even produce nausea. Worry, depression, and anxiety all can cause extra production of digestive acids in the stomach, which can cause anything from a slightly sore belly to full-fledged nausea and vomiting.

There are, obviously, other symptoms that can tell you if you or someone you know is depressed. These can include feeling sad most of the time, a lack of energy, feeling withdrawn from family and friends, difficulty with concentration, irritability or anxiety, thinking about suicide or death, a change in weight (whether weight gain or weight loss), and a change in appetite.

One possible treatment for depression is therapy. This can take the form of almost anything, from psychoanalysis to counseling to cognitive-behavioral therapy. By talking to a psychologist or therapist, many people have had success managing the symptoms of depression. Talk therapy does not make the feelings of depression go away; rather, it helps the person to develop the tools that she needs to keep those feelings in check.

Some of the most reliable treatments for depression are anti-depressant medications. These might include Paxil, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Anafranil, Norpramin, or any number of others. Not all of these antidepressants have difficult side effects, but not all will be effective for every individual. Some, but not all, of these medications can cause nausea themselves, and may not work for you if your nausea is related to depression.

The most successful treatment of depression will likely include a combination of these methods. Therapy, antidepressant medications, and a social support structure all together will exponentially increase a person’s chances of dealing with depression successfully. In addition, while you are trying to address your depression, your health care provider may be able to prescribe some medications that can ease your nausea, as well.

If you believe that you are suffering from depression, you should contact your health care provider immediately. If left untreated, depression can lead to loss of work, strained relationships, physical ailments, and even death. If you or someone you know has the symptoms of depression, it is important to seek help. Your health care provider may be able to refer you to a qualified psychiatrist. Friends or family might know of a reliable counselor or mental health professional that you can turn to.