All Posts Tagged: seasonal affective disorder

Depression in Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD3Often we may feel sluggish and low in energy during inclement weather; however, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more than feeling the occasional winter or rainy day blues.  Depression related to seasonal change can be severe and affects up to 6% of the general population.  Symptoms of SAD usually manifest in the fall and continue throughout the winter months; although, some people experience symptoms beginning in the spring or summer months.  In either situation, symptoms may begin mildly and become increasingly more severe as the season progresses.

Because Seasonal Affective Disorder is a subtype of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), people often suffer with the same symptoms as in depression.

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It’s “Blue Monday” once again. Are you feeling sadder than usual?

blue monday depressionThe third Monday of January has been commonly referred to as the “Blue Monday”. The term, coined by academic Cliff Arnall, is supposed to highlight a day when all our troubles overlap. Our holiday credit card statements are here, there is little to no sunlight, we are back at work and things are looking pretty gloomy overall. While the ‘science’ behind it has lost any value, the term itself has stuck.

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Today Is One of the Crabbiest Days of the Year

january 6 crabbiest day 2014Congratulations! You survived the holiday season. This season can be stressful and demanding under normal circumstances, but it can become downright excruciating when you are also suffering from depression. Now that these stressful days are (finally?) over, millions of people are slowly and begrudgingly returning to work. Web analysts have scoured the internet and found that today many of us will be posting updates on our social media channels using negative language and phrases (and one or two grumpy cat images) indicating a sudden drop in mood. The analysis was done by a company called Upbeat, they analyzed more than 2 million tweets posted in Britain in January over the past three years and concluded that today many of us will be venting our frustrations online[1]. Watch out for depression triggers, stress and anxiety as we manage to survive one of the crabbiest days of the year.
So what will these negative posts look like? Here are a few examples:

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5 things you can do to survive depression during Thanksgiving

thanksgiving depressionYet another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the before the last of the mashed potatoes and gravy is finished we will already be inundated with the ‘holiday cheer’ of December celebrations. It’s a time of family gatherings, big celebratory meals, and other fun activities. However, if you are suffering from depression then the stress that comes with the holiday season can be a massive trigger that leads to frustration and anxiety. There are also people without a family or close friends to spend the day with, but also those who do have family and friends but have had negative experiences with them in the past.

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Go Ahead, Be Miserable: It’s The Saddest Day of the Year

worried about christmas billsWhile dealing with depression on a daily basis can be hard enough, there are certain circumstances that can easily trigger a depressive episode on their own; the death of a loved one, losing a job, accidents. Environmental factors can also have this negative effect on people, when winter comes along it is important to identify those symptoms; are you suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘Winter Blues’ or is it major depression? Either way, this time of the year can be extremely hard for some.

According to Cliff Arnall, a one-time tutor at Cardiff University, coined the term “Blue Monday” to refer to the day where our spirits are at the lowest. He even came up with a mathematical equation to explain his theory.

The Monday during the last full week of January is considered to be the saddest day of the year. A couple of factors seem to align – just like planets and stars – and their powers combined send us all in a downward spiral of gloominess.

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Dealing with Depression During the Holiday Season

i hate christmasWhen it comes to the Holidays, the media has painted a perfect picture of what this time of year should look like; holiday parties, buying and receiving gifts nicely wrapped in bright colored paper, gathering around the table for a scrumptious feast and spending time with old friends and family members who are all perfectly dressed and too happy to see you. While this may be true in TV and movies, reality is these are hectic times! If you’ve ever tried doing all your holiday shopping the week before the festivities then you know what I’m talking about.

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Fighting Depression with the Right Foods

foods for depressionWe often underestimate the rich amount of vitamins and minerals found in the food we consume. Our ancestors treated all kinds of diseases by including the right ingredients in their diets; anything from stomach problems to cancer. Mankind has now been able to utilize science to create and modify these ingredients and create medicine that can better target a disease and fight it more efficiently.  But as with anything else, medicine is also going back to basics and doctors all over the world are suggesting you add more food-based vitamins and minerals and that these – along with your prescribed medicine – can boost up your defenses.

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Winter blues? You’re suffering from SAD

winter blues SADYou’ve heard it before, winter makes people sad. It may have something to do with waking up to a dark sky, the lack of sunlight and overall gloom and misery taking over our short daylight hours before going home to be confined to the indoors and going to bed exhausted ready to start the same routine day in and day out. While many people would just “suck it up” and live miserably until spring comes, studies have shown that those symptoms are usually the same as with depression and should be treated accordingly.

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