Re: Does depression imagine other illnesses?
This is a complicated issue. yes, depression can cause you to feel physical symptoms. On the other hand, physical illnesses can cause you to feel depressed.
I was always "sickly" and my siblings used to accuse me of being a hypochondriac (which is actually a separate mental illness, but I digress). When I was diagnosed with depression, I almost completely stopped getting sick. It's as if since I didn't know I was depressed, it was coming out in all these other ways, and once I knew I was depressed, my brain convinced my body to quit acting up and behave itself.
I also found out this year that I can't digest wheat very well, and since then some other health problems have settled down too. So there could also be some larger underlying health issue like that with your mother.
Choose the devil you don't know.