Physical Symptoms

Many times, an emotional disorder such as depression or anxiety will cause a person to exhibit physical symptoms. These symptoms of depression or anxiety vary from person to person, but it is important to remember that they may be possible warning signs of a more serious condition.

The physical symptoms of depression may include headaches or stomach aches, a sudden change in eating habits, over-eating or under eating , insomnia or over-sleeping.

The physical symptoms of anxiety include sweating, a pounding heartbeat, an upset stomach, dizziness or nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, insomnia, and in some cases more violent episodes such as a panic attack.

While not every person exhibiting one of these symptoms is depressed, if these symptoms are accompanied by a persistent feeling of hopelessness or a loss of interest in activities that used to be fun, these symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. In cases such as this it is important to seek the help of a professional who can help in dealing with these feelings.

Drop in Grades

There are a number of symptoms of depression in adolescent emotional disorders. Not all of these symptoms are physical. Some symptoms of depression or anxiety can be behavioral. One symptom of a more serious emotional disorder is a sudden drop in grades.

A poor performance in school can indicate a more serious problem. While the problem may be due to alcohol, drugs, or some other behavioral issue, a sudden drop in grades may also be a symptom of an emotional disorder such as depression  or anxiety .

If a child experiences a sudden drop in grades along with other symptoms, it is important to talk to a professional who is trained to help adolescents work through emotional problems.


Sleeping disorders are a fairly common complaint. Many times, sleeping disorders, such as insomnia or over sleeping, can be a sign of a more serious emotional disorder. Having trouble falling asleep, or sleeping too much can both be signs of depression or anxiety disorders.

The stress of anxiety can often cause insomnia, if a person is consumed by worry and cannot fall asleep or will wake up repeatedly in the night. The opposite is also true, as some people tend to oversleep in order to escape their worries.

The same can be true of depression. Sometimes, the sadness and feelings of hopelessness can weigh so heavily on a person’s mind that he or she is unable to fall asleep. In other cases, a person will refuse to get out of bed in an attempt to escape from the pain and sadness.

It is important for someone suffering from a sleeping disorder, either insomnia or oversleeping, to seek professional help, as sleeping disorders can be a sign of a more serious issue.


Many times a person suffering from an emotional disorder will begin to become isolated from the rest of the world.
Isolation is often related to self-image and can be a symptom of social anxiety or depression. Many people with social anxiety will try to by the phone or internet to avoid face-to-face contact.

Isolation can also take a more extreme form. Some people with greater social anxiety or another emotional disorder will begin to seek a more complete separation and will often lock themselves in their room. It is important for someone becoming isolated to get professional help in order to learn to cope with social anxiety or loneliness in a healthy way. Isolation can lead a person into unhealthy situations and can be a sign of a more serious issue.


One of the more troubling symptoms of an emotional disorder is self-injury, specifically cutting. Cutting is an extremely dangerous cry for help that can, and often does, lead to unintentional suicide.

Cutting is often used as a coping mechanism. Someone suffering from an emotional disorder will often try to find relief any way they can. This can lead to cutting, which can provide a release of endorphins a temporary relief from serious depression or anxiety. However the risks from cutting are extremely great, with many cutters accidentally bleeding to death or causing permanent harm to themselves.

Cutting is often a symptom of anxiety or depression and can occur when someone is confused about feelings of hopelessness or worry, and does not know how to properly and safely deal with these feelings. It is often a very serious cry for help.

It is important for someone who is cutting to seek immediate medical attention from a professional who can help this person work through their feelings and find a safe way to cope.