Change is harder for some to cope with than others. There are some changes in the world which seem completely out of our control. When change happens beyond our permission or control, we can find ourselves getting anxious, depressed, or even angry. Have you ever noticed a change in mood when the seasons change from summer to fall or winter to spring? Inexplicably you have a hard time going with the flow of seasons in life. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that impacts up to twenty percent of the population each year.
What Causes Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder most commonly sees its peak in the transition from summer and fall to winter. Primarily, once the daylight savings time mark passes. Winter days are shorter in terms of the amount of hours of sunlight. Especially for those who live in areas known for having dark, rainy, and snowing winters, there is a severe lack in sunlight. Sunlight deprivation can lead to a deficiency in a few areas. First, the body lacks in Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for hormone production and feelings of happiness. Second, the body misses out on feeling the sun and seeing the sun. More hours of darkness can confuse the brain into thinking there are more hours of sleeping during the day. For animals who hibernate all winter long, this makes sense. Unfortunately, as humans we still have to work, take care of our lives, and eat during the winter. When the brain thinks it is time to go to sleep, it produces melatonin, a hormone which helps regulate sleep. Too many dark hours leads to too much melatonin. Feeling sleepy and lethargic are symptoms of depression. Though Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression are two different mood disorders, the effects can feel the same.
Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder
Here are some quick tips for helping beat the winter blues:
- Get a UV ray lamp and spend time under the heat waves
- Take a high dosage supplement of Vitamin D
- Plan a trip to somewhere with sunshine
- Eat Vitamin D rich foods
- Get a normal amount of sleep each night, between 6-8 hours
Avalon By The Sea is certified to treat mood disorders and other psychiatric issues as a primary diagnosis. If you believe you might be suffering from severe depression, beyond the changing of the seasons, call Avalon today. We’re here to help. 888-958-7511.