Dating someone with seasonal depression
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Seasonal affective disorder, also referred to as winter or seasonal depression, is a syndrome with depression that starts and ends at the same time each year.
With less sunlight during these two seasons, some people who are predisposed to depression may be more likely to develop an episode.Many people in the more northern latitudes feel down in the winter—less energetic, less engaged, less motivated—and those people may start feeling apprehensive as winter approaches.Other people slip into a bona fide depression, either because they suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or perhaps a predisposition to depression that simply worsens in winter, and those people are the ones who truly panic. A few years ago I declared that I was through with suffering through every winter.I was ready to take control of my situation instead of letting the situation control me.Because the lack of daylight during wintertime is related to SAD, it is seldom found in countries within 30 degrees of the equator, where the sun shines year round.“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them” ~Denis Waitley It’s still summer, and the last thing I want to be thinking about are the cold months ahead.
There are still bike rides to take and gardens to enjoy, and I still haven’t taken that kayak ride that I wanted!
But in the back of my mind I am already beginning to panic.
While the neurobiological causes of SAD are not well-established, it is thought that brain areas which regulate mood and operate using the neurotransmitter serotonin may not function properly.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 36 million Americans suffer seasonal depression that occurs in the fall.
Hormones manufactured in the brain that are affected by sunlight exposure may play a role in the development of SAD and its symptoms of depressed mood, fatigue, carbohydrate cravings, and weight gain. Some teens with SAD have very mild symptoms and just feel out-of-sorts or irritable.
Because foods high in carbohydrates (like chips, pretzels, and cookies) boost serotonin, it is thought that they have a soothing effect on the body and mind. Others have more serious symptoms that interfere with relationships and schoolwork.