Our expert says:
Firstly, to Annie : SOB is used as an abbreviation for "Shortness of Breath", though of course it is also used for a more unpleasant and usually highly inaccurate description of a nasty person's ancestry.
OK, Alison Depression can have many effects, apart from the obvious. It is a highly effective amplifier of pain and other symptoms, whatever they are caused by, making them both worse and harder to cope with, more distressing. This reflects the point in your title : that depressed people ALSO get sick, and there is indeed some risk that it may be too easy for doctors ( and patients themselves, indeed ) to blame any and all new symptoms on depression,when they should all also be assessed for other causes.
It may, like stress, also drop one's immune system and resistance to a range of problems.
I, too, would prefer to stay away from benzo's except where they have a specific unique contribution to make, and on the recommendation of a specialist psychiatrist.
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