Somatics Symptoms and Depression: A Review

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M. Herrera-Estrella
E. Izar
K. Luna
M. Cuellar-García


Aims: The objective of this review has been to highlight the importance of non-specific and painful symptoms of depression since sometimes the person does not notice or is not able to talk about their emotional symptoms. This leads us to refine the search for symptoms that can mask depression and not be treated properly. This is important as it is predicted that by 2020 depression will be the leading cause of disability in the world.

Method: We review some articles that relate depression to painful symptoms.

Results: Patients with the major depressive disorder may present, as initial complaints, multiple somatic complaints, nonspecific and especially pain, which complicates their diagnosis and sometimes leads them to not receive treatment for depression, complicating its evolution and deteriorating the quality of life.

Conclusion: Depression can have many forms of presentation, people can complain of multiple non-specific symptoms, which do not allow a diagnosis of medical disease so it will be necessary to look for affective symptoms, investigate factors that trigger their condition to achieve an adequate diagnosis, provide the indicated medication and allow them a better quality of life. 

Depression, painful symptoms, nonspecific symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.

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Herrera-Estrella, M., Izar, E., Luna, K., & Cuellar-García, M. (2020). Somatics Symptoms and Depression: A Review. International Neuropsychiatric Disease Journal, 13(2), 1-8.
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