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5 Surprising Signs of Depression

November 8,2019

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your dental health. The two are sometimes related, creating a vicious cycle where one compounds the other. To help you identify the signs of depression in yourself or others, this blog post will detail some surprising signs that you can look out for. This includes decreased energy, excessive sleeping, digestive problems, and more.

Poor Dental Hygiene

The links between depression and dental hygiene are often ignored or downplayed. Yet misaligned teeth, bad breath and inflamed gums can all cause anxiety and low self-esteem. This creates a vicious cycle where someone feels depressed about their oral health, but feels unmotivated to change.

Feeling Sad when the Weather is Bad

Do you feel less happy and optimistic during the winter months? Are you always more positive and energetic when the weather is nice? People often experience depression during specific times of the year. What they don’t know is that this is clinically recognised as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Insomnia

People with depression often experience fatigue and lethargy. They lack the energy or motivation to socialise, participate in physical activities, and perform normal everyday tasks. Surprisingly, people who experience these symptoms can still suffer from insomnia, struggling to fall or stay asleep.

Persistent Aches & Digestive Problems

Depression is often considered to be a purely mental issue, but it can manifest as various physical symptoms. This includes headaches, cramps and digestive problems. People who suffer depression often refer to these symptoms as persistent and report that medication fails to ease them.

Learn More Today

Is poor dental hygiene getting you down? Make an appointment with East Bentleigh Dental Group to learn more about the link between dental hygiene and mental health and receive dental treatments that can improve both. Give us a call on (03) 9575 1100 or submit an online enquiry today.