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Seasonal Depression.

Updated on July 8, 2013
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With millions across the globe suffering at this very moment from Seasonal Depression, I thought this would be the perfect, first of many, Hubs about depression

I suffer with depression, a few types actually, and one that bugs me the most is my Seasonal Depression. Mostly, because I feel like Mother Nature has control of my emotions, and I hate losing control of anything. (No, that doesn't make me a control freak…okay maybe a little) Every Fall I become more depressed than I usually am, and even though I have depression medicine, I still feel the pull of the cold season dragging me under. With Fall already here, claiming its victims, I thought it’d be a great topic for my first hub on Depression.

Seasonal Depression is a mood disorder that rears its ugly head every fall and winter. As the days get shorter, the sun isn’t out for as long, and the temperature drops, some people slip into a seasonal depression. Seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more common than most people realize affecting millions of people in the United States alone. A lot of people may not even realize they have it, just citing they don’t like the cold. This alone makes it difficult to conjure up numbers on how many people it affects. This depression doesn’t let up until spring arrives, and let me tell you, that’s a long 6 months.


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The hormones in your brain make you have an attitude change at different times of the year, which experts believe relates to SAD. Some think that the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that calms and soothes you) slows down due to lack of sunlight. Obviously if serotonin isn’t being produced at par, you won’t be calm and soothed, resulting in depression. Your appetite, however, will increase, and more than likely you will eat carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are thought to increase serotonin levels, therefore picking up the slack of your brain, and effectively helping you gain weight. Weight gain combined with other symptoms such as, fatigue, decreased energy, and the need to sleep more, can make you feel flat out lazy.

There is a flip side, where SAD will hit you in the spring and last throughout the summer. Experts don’t exactly understand this one as much yet, however the side effects are the complete opposite, as they should be. You won’t be able to or want to sleep, you won’t want to eat, and you will lose weight.

If you think you have SAD, you need to consult your doctor. If your disorder is serious enough they may consider medication or light therapy. If it is mild, a simple walk in the morning, to get the sun in your face, may be the only cure you need. The most important thing, is realizing the signs of depression in you, or in others, and getting help. Depression is an ugly beast, but can be tamed with a little help of your doctor and a lot of support from loved ones.

The symptoms of SAD & Summer SAD are very different

Symptoms of SAD
Symptoms of Summer SAD
 
- Fatigue
- Trouble sleeping
 
- Decrease in energy levels
- Weight loss
 
- Difficulty concentrating
- Appetite decrease
 
- Appetite increase
 
 
- Weight gain
 
 
- Needing to be alone
 
 
- Wanting to sleep more
 
 
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Other Forms Of Depression

If you think you may have a different form of depression, or are just interested in the topic, please see my other hubs:


Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)


Major Depression


Postpartum Depression


Postpartum Blues & Postpartum Psychosis


Knowing the signs of depression can help prevent it.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Jesse,

      Tremendous hub.

      This topic spoke to my own depression and the possible

      help that I could get to combat this "monster" who is not

      still long enough for me to slay.

      Keep up the fine work.

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      Btrbell- I so envy you. I wish I had that freedom. One day I will visit!

      Ahorseback- Thank you so much, I appreciate your feedback and kind words :)

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Jessie ,Keep up the nice writing girl ! This truely needs to be spread around ! I'm proud of you ! As a friend !

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol. 4 years ago, I packed my things, grabbed my (quite a bit older than yours) kids and moved from Chicago (brrr) to Az. Bring the kids and stay awhile, it's beautiful here!

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      I might just take you up on that offer!! I have this feeling that winter isn't going to be pretty LOL

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That would be great. I'd love to know more about it. Come and visit anytime!

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      Living in a sunny area is a great way to beat SAD! Even if it only helps half the problem. I'm glad that helps you :)

      I live in New Jersey so unfortunately I'm going to have to try something else. I was thinking about the herbal route. If i do, I'll let you know my results!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, the best thing I ever did was move to Arizona. There is sunshine on average 300 days a year. It makes a big difference! I am still sensitive to weather change and the the shorter days. I would consider herbal treatments, thank you!

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      Thank you btrbell. It's just so...depressing!...to had SAD. Just thinking about it makes me depressed. Ugh!

      Have you ever tried light therapy? Or herbal remedy?

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for this great hub. I also suffer from more than one kind of depression but SAD is the one that I identify with the most. You are right...perfect timing! Up and interesting!

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      Thank you Joan! I'm glad I helped someone. I have depression as well and I use hub as my outlet too! I wish you luck :) Thanks for commenting.

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      Joan Grace 4 years ago

      Wow!! Thank you so much for this awesome post! I feel so much lighter because I understand my own moods a little better. I just joined today because I need this creative outlet to explore my own depression which I have been battling for a long time. I can't wait to read more of your work

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      Jesse Mugnier 4 years ago from Jersey

      Thank you jeugenejohn, I tried.

      Thank you Lyn.Stewart for commenting.

      :)

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      Lyn.Stewart 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Thanks for teaching me something. I knew in the winter months that many people who dont get 1/2 hour-1 hours worth of sunshine each day can become depressed. If only there was a way to get the vitamins we need from the sun some other way during those cold months.

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      jeugenejohn 4 years ago from Kerala

      Good article on Seasonal affective disorder.