Whatever time of year it is, seasonal depression is a drag. While most people associate seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with winter, many people suffer from the same depression symptoms in the summertime. But whether it’s a lack of sunlight or too much sunlight that’s got you feeling down, it’s important to take those feelings seriously and get the help you need.
Seasonal Depression Symptoms
If you find yourself feeling off in either the winter or summer and aren’t sure why it could be a case of seasonal depression. Here are some key depression symptoms to be on the lookout for:
- Agitation, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating.
- Insomnia or excessive fatigue.
- Lack of appetite or excessive appetite.
- Physical symptoms of depression which may include headaches, muscle aches and soreness, and chest pain.
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
What to Do If You Suffer from Seasonal Depression
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression, there are certain things you can do to alleviate the symptoms depending on the season. In the wintertime, light therapy or spending more time outdoors can help, as can vitamin supplements. For those suffering from summertime seasonal depression, spending as much time inside—especially in an air-conditioned environment—or in the shade can help. Because of the length of the days, making sure you get enough sleep is especially important as well.
In addition, treatments for major depressive disorder, such as talk therapy and antidepressant medication, are also effective against seasonal depression. Another treatment option is ketamine infusion, a highly effective therapeutic technique that may help people manage their mental disorders and control the physical symptoms of depression.
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