You feel tired, you do not want to do anything but rest. Are clear signs of depression … But why we hear more and more people complaining about such unpleasant feelings? One clue is the cold and unpleasant weather, the cold is not guilty, but dark days.
Studies over time have shown a close link between limited exposure to sunlight and bad moods, depression. Researchers have not found exactly why reduced exposure to sunlight affects our mood, but is believed to have a direct link with serotonin levels in the body.
Another theory to take into account is that the sunlight influence the biological clock. Variations of light signals transmitted into organism, regulating mood, sleep and release various types of hormone in the body. When the amount of light is reduced, the biological clock is “late” and there are problems both physical and psychological level.
Among the best known manifestations of seasonal depression include:
- Lack of energy
- Weight gain
- Increased appetite
- Social isolation
Women are more likely than men to suffer from seasonal depression, over 70% of those affected are women. Some women may be particularly sensitive to premenstrual period and may suffer as a result of severe episodes of depression. Responsible for these unpleasant feelings are hormonal changes that normally occur around ovulation and before menstruation period, all combined with the gloomy weather and dark days.
Inconvenience caused by depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders are as real as physical pain. It must be understood, studied, treated and cured like any other disease. Therefore, do not neglect depression. Although many of us are accustomed to overlook the negative moods that occur frequently, depression can have severe consequences.
Walking outdoors, even in very cloudy day, can diminish the symptoms of depression. Exercise is particularly important, they release serotonin in the body.