Fall Brings Seasonal Depression

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ABC – Seasonal Affective Disorder, better known as seasonal
depression, affects 6 percent of Americans every year. It can cause
depression, loss of sleep, and a change in appetite, just because of
a change in seasons

“The
body requires a certain amount of light. Those individuals who
are genetically,
highly sensitive to that need for that light or an adamant amount of
light tend to get depressed,” explains Dr. Michael Finegan.

This
is the time of year when seasonal depression starts. Most days in
November will have around 10 hours of sunlight. Compare that to the
middle of June which has about 15.

Symptoms
must present themselves two years in a row before it is classified as
seasonal depression. However, there are proactive steps you can take.

“Talking
about their feelings and their thoughts to loved ones, exercise, good
nutrition, increasing our nurturing of ourselves, our reinforcement
of ourselves,” says Finegan.

Also,
spending extra time outside or opening your windows can do the trick.
In a pinch, you can sit under special light bulbs that mimic the sun,
which can be found online. Dr.
Michael Finegan says, that depression of any kind, can also be
treated
with
a change
of mindset.

“Be
a good detective, think about your thoughts, move towards them.
Rediscover them, reevaluate them, and often times they vaporize.

Remember,
you don't have to handle it alone. Doctors say, it's best to ask for
help.

 

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