Originally posted on November 30, 2006 @ 3:38 pm
We are almost at the tail end of winter and yet perhaps this is the period wherein more people are susceptible to certain diseases and disorders.� You have probably observed or even experienced seasonal affective disorder at least once in your life but you just didn�t know that there was a tag to it.� Yes, there is such a thing as depression brought about by the changes in the seasons.
The rationale behind seasonal affective disorder is that the lack of sunlight brings about a case of winter blues.� Seasonal affective disorder varies in degree.� Some suffer from mild depression while others are unable to function properly in their daily lives.� Though it may seem absurd to some, this disorder is not to be taken lightly.
So how do you deal with seasonal affective disorder?� Well there have been some treatment options that have proven effective in treating the winter blues.� One of the most effective is called bright light therapy.� Patients undergo sessions with lights many many times brighter than the lights we normally have at home.� Regular exposure to such lights during winter greatly decreases the blues.� Other treatments are medication, ionized-air reception, and cognitive therapy.� However, bright light therapy is the treatment of choice for the majority of sufferers.
As the winter nears its end and you observe a family member or a friend acting out of the ordinary, maybe you should take a closer look.� Maybe his or his depression is not something that the normal person goes through.� It may be that he or she is suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Originally posted on January 20, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
It’s been proven that having good friends promotes a happy and healthy life. With friends, particularly of the same gender, a person gets to share a lot of things including their experiences in life whether good or bad. When you start out young, you see each other grow and mature. Women, in particular, crave to have close ties with friends.
Friends are a source of strength and inspiration. In fact, when you are able to establish deep connections, you benefit from it healthwise.
The Mayo Clinic confirms that having good friends equals good health. The reasons are plenty. A person increases his sense of belongingness and purpose, boosts his happiness, lowers stress, improves his self-worth and decreases his risk of serious mental illness.
In addition, friends help people overcome their hardships and traumas such as loss of a loved one, job loss, divorce or serious illness and they provide support when you are in the process of changing your lifestyle. [Read more…]
Originally posted on March 29, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
You may be wondering why at certain times of the year you unexpectedly fall into a mild to deep depression. Out of nowhere you suddenly feel despair, loneliness and even have a difficult time getting out of bed. There are no indications as to why you feel this way. Everything in your life seems fine and you are surrounded by loving, supportive people. So therefore you wonder, why the gloom?
These unexplained symptoms were recognized by the psychiatric community as recently as 1984 which became known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or, more appropriately, SAD. Although there is no official test to determine a SAD diagnosis, it is usually attributed to symptoms reacting to the slow change from light to dark and warm to cold during the winter months. However, SAD can also be experienced when the season changes from winter into spring and sometimes spring into summer, however winter is the most prominent time.
SAD usually begins around mid to late September and can hang on all the way through November. The good news is that this condition usually dissipates as the season gets into full swing and the body adjusts accordingly. [Read more…]
Originally posted on October 20, 2011 @ 9:44 am