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Does being ill make you depressed? - May 15th 2011, 09:12 PM

I have a ear infection, my ear is really hurting and I feel sick. I'm also really really depressed right now :| Is there a connection between feeling unwell and being depressed?


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Re: Does being ill make you depressed? - May 15th 2011, 09:20 PM

I believe there is, because your physical and mental state of mind are so connected. Like, when you're depressed, don't you feel a bit sluggish, physically? I would go to a doctor and get some antibiotics if you haven't already done so. Ear infections usually don't go away on their own sometimes, I would know, I get them all the time. Also, just rest, but do something to keep your mood up like doing small things that you enjoy (reading, watching tv, listening to music, etc.).

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Re: Does being ill make you depressed? - May 15th 2011, 09:38 PM

I'm going to the doctor's tomorrow. I would have gone today but it was closed due to it being Sunday. I've had ear infections before but never this bad


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Re: Does being ill make you depressed? - May 16th 2011, 09:39 PM

Well... I don't think that a ear infection can really cause depression. Maybe it can. But I think in most cases it doesn't. Maybe what you feel more with being sick and the depression is your just feeling more down then normal because you aren't feeling 100%. But being clinically depressed because of something as minor as a ear infection or a cold I don't think works the same ways. We all tend to feel more down when being sick because we aren't able to do as much as we want to do. But that down feeling usually passes once we are feeling better and not sick anymore.

Now I personally think that if you had maybe a life long medical issue that may lead to more clinical depression because you will have to manage and battle with a life long medical problem. It can be stressful to always have to always remember to take a much needed medication or not to engage in certain behaviors. But even that there are many people that have medical problems and they are some of the happiest people.

It more depends on the person and how well they handle there own situations. But for what you asked just something as a ear infection, no I don't think that you can get "depressed" over that. Feeling down and depression are very different.

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Re: Does being ill make you depressed? - May 16th 2011, 09:58 PM

Exercise and movement releases endorphins and other healthy hormones in the brain. When a person is sick, they generally don't move around as much because they have lower expendable energy while trying to fight off whatever is making them ill. Since they don't have that excess energy to use on movement, they don't have the ability to get up and move around as much, and therefore they have fewer opportunities to release these hormones. One of the reasons why regular exercise is so good is that it creates a regular release of these hormones. When this is interrupted or slowed by sickness, the brain responds by making you less motivated and less happy.


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