S.A.D. Seasons change and so doth mood.(revised)
October 28, 2011 2 Comments
(This post is a revised repost about S.A.D.)
‘Twas a dark and stormy Autumn night”… as I write from Pennsylvania.
the daylight lessens each day as we head towards Winter. I like Autumn, but many others I know, Diagnosed with Mood disorder or Bipolar disorder often slide towards depression, fatigue or low energy at this time of year.
In fact many people with no mental health diagnosis will start to feel depressed, extremely fatigued, or sleep excessively in the Fall and Winter.
For those with extreme intrusive symptoms a diagnosis of S.A.D…
or Seasonal Affective Disorder may be made by a health care professional.
It is believed by many doctors that: mood and energy levels are dramatically change with sensitivity to season (also including S.A.D. Seasonal Depression Disorder and seasonal depression) are caused by a disruption bodily hormone cycle.
too much melatonin created in the brain, seems to be the biggest factor .
Symptoms and warning signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder :
- Depressed mood including increased negative thoughts, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, loss of self esteem.
- Sleeping problems including an increase the need to sleep, a tendency to want to sleep more, inability to maintain normal sleep cycles
- Lethargy: increased difficulty with motivation, fatigue.
- Cognitive impairment: Difficulty concentrating. Difficulty remembering
- Stress. increased irritability, and anxiousness when dealing with people. Stress more difficult to deal with routine tasks.
- Previous symptoms listed occur in Fall or Winter
- Symptoms disappear in the Spring
treatments for seasonal depression, S.A.D.
I ..myself… am very sensitive to temperature. When the temperature drops I tend to sleep longer, and my entire body including my thinking slows down.
So I start my morning with a long hot bath or shower, and dress to stay very warm.
So I’d advise others who are also sensitive to seasonal factors to think the same way.
Our interaction with our environment, including light and climate temperature, are integral parts of us we must factor in or wellness.!