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Persistent Physical Symptoms

Persistent physical symptoms

The stress, tension and fatigue of depression can often manifest themselves as physical symptoms. People may experience stomachaches, indigestion, constant headaches, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, etc. It is always possible that these symptoms indicate another medical condition so it is important in either case that you consult a physician. The symptoms are real and need to be treated.

Rene Ruballo “It’s sort of like a slow headache, but it is always there. It’s like something is holding you back, something's weighing you down.”

—Rene Ruballo, Police Officer

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