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Obesity, pain, depression, and anxiety

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Hello, as of the last year, I have been very shut in with my lifestyle, I never go out, Im overweight, I dont eat health and Im very lazy.

For the last while Ive been getting aches all over my body, back of my head, arms, legs, chest, stomach. I fear about my medical condition because having Anxiety and Panic disorder ruined alot of my life, I had to leave high school because of the pressures causing panic attacks on a daily basis.

I feel upset and sad all the time, and most nights when laying in bed I get upset and feel that Ive wasted my life and Ill die unhappy and unfufilled one day because I missed out on the best times. I was wondering if these pains I feel are caused by my poor body condition and depression, and could be remedied by working out, losing wait and become more active?

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replied April 7th, 2008
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It is likely that all your pains are due to an anxiety and panic disorder. Anxiety, panic disorder and depression are often manifested with various sensations (including pain) that have no organic base. For now, the only organic disorder you have is overweight. Pains cannot be symptoms of overweight. Overweight and depression are mutually connected. Overweight can cause depression and anxiety because obese people are less attractive and that has very bad impact on self-confidence and all the psycho-emotional life. The opposite is also possible: depression and anxiety can increase the appetite and cause overweight.

It is likely that treatment for obesity can help you. But treatment should include not only diet and physical activity but also psycho-therapy.

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