It's that time of year again- the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and seasonal depression is returning. Approximately 10 million people across the United States are estimated to suffer from seasonal depression and this year is expected to be worse because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or Seasonal Depression, is a type of depression that occurs during seasonal changes, usually starting in fall and becoming more severe during the winter. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include:
- -Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- -Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- -Having low energy
- -Having problems with sleeping
- -Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- -Feeling sluggish or agitated
- -Having difficulty concentrating
- -Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- -Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
How to Avoid Seasonal Depression
The causes of seasonal affective disorder are not fully known. There is some speculation that SAD is triggered by the lack of sunlight during the shorter winter days which affects our hormone production. Some treatments for SAD include light therapy. It is thought that using an artificial light can mimic summertime conditions and stimulate hormone production. Another hypothesis is that SAD is caused by a lack of Vitamin D. Studies have shown that Vitamin D plays a role in serotonin production. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can influence mood. UV exposure helps stimulate natural Vitamin D production in the body, but we can also consume Vitamin D via food or supplements.
Sunshine Blend Coffee with Vitamin D
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