12 March, 2021
12 March, 2021
Although winter may bring holiday joy with it, to some it can cause ill-health, energy loss and depression. Being human, it is only normal to experience episodes of winter blues every now and then. However, in case you regularly feel down for no particular reason, have a constant sense of fatigue, and you catch yourself binge-eating daily, there is a good chance you might be going through a typical seasonal affective disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by the change in seasons. The symptoms of this disorder are similar to those of typical depression, with the only difference being, that they tend to occur recurrently at a particular time of year, primarily in winter. Usually, they improve in the spring.
Winter SAD is associated with decreased exposure to daylight, which at the same time means, spending more time indoors. In addition, it is believed that seasonal changes tend to disrupt our circadian rhythm, the 24-hour clock that regulates most of our functions, thus immediately affecting our mood. Finally, another disruption can be observed in the neurochemical balance of our brains, due to changing seasons. These changes affect crucial brain hormones, such as serotonin and melatonin, which are necessary for our proper functioning and well- being.
Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, may include:
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