Depression is a very serious condition that many people worldwide are affected by. However, there are some people that experience these depressed states of being during specific times of the year. Most commonly, late fall and all winter are the seasons many people experience symptoms that are part of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The acronym is very fitting considering the symptoms and the effects the disorder has on a person.
Seasonal affective disorder is very often thought to be caused by the decreased amount of sunlight and the cold, dark weather that is common during the winter months. I’m sure the stress of buying presents during the holidays also has something to do with it. Although SAD occurs during specific times of the year, it can lead to serious cases of depression, that can often persist year long, even when the weather is warm.
Because depression is very serious, and can lead to suicidal thoughts, and actions, you should talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms. The primary symptom of SAD is the same depressed feeling at around the same time every year.
Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder
1.Recurring annual symptoms
3.Increase in amount of sleep
7.Decreased sex drive
8.Body aches and pains
9.Loss of interest in usual/favorite activities
10.Difficulty processing information
Think that the children have it easy? Well it looks like you thought wrong. According to a recent study, 15% of preschoolers suffer from high levels of depression and anxiety. While some minor forms of depression and anxiety are normal in young children, elevated levels are very concerning. Difficult temperaments and maternal depression were found to be the most important risk factors.
Now I want to know what this means. Is it simply a factor of childhood, or is it a reflection of the world in which we know live in? Or was there just an abnormally high amount of depressed people in the testing region? The reason for the high rate of depression amongst preschoolers is unknown to me, but the one thing that is most alarming is the fact that 15% of preschoolers are suffering from abnormally high levels of depression and anxiety.
How is it that 15% of children who are not even in school yet are feel depressed and anxious. What are they depressed about? The only thing I can think of is, blame the parents. Sure maybe not all the cases are the parents fault, but at the same time, I don’t see how it is possible, in most of the cases, to not be the parents fault. The children haven’t really been exposed to the world and have only had the chance to take in the emotions, and general energy of the parents. Some sort of change needs to happen first with the parents because we can’t have a society where that many people are depressed. They deserve better.
For most people the occasional panic attack or rush of anxiety happens. Many times at the most inopportune moment, like right before an interview for that new job you want, or maybe right as you’re walking up to that one person you’ve been waiting to ask out on a date. Anxiety can also make us strive to do better. For example, if a presentation for work is due, if you aren’t worried a little bit then you won’t be pressured to put enough work into the project. However, there are some people who suffer from extreme forms of anxiety that actually interferes in their daily life. Imagine a panic attack so bad you can’t make it into work for the next week. Obviously this can be a be a very significant problem, so here are some strategies (not involving medication) that you can try.
1.Take (at least) 10 Deep Breaths– You’ve probably heard this over and over, but that’s because it works. When you become anxious you start to breath faster increasing your heart rate and sending you into that kind of “frenzied” mode. By breathing deeply at least 10 times you slow yourself down. At the same time you can really think about what just happened and try to tell yourself everything is okay.
2.Exercise– Physical exercise has been proven to help in depression and in some people who suffer from frequent anxiety. Exercising releases endorphins in your body making your overall mood happier. Additionally, the exercise will help you take your mind off of any problems you are experiencing, and you’ll get a good work out in the process.
3.Get A Massage– If you’re feeling stressed out try having a massage. The massage should relieve some of the tension both physical and emotional. Ask a close friend or your significant other to massage you for a little while, this will keep the cost down especially considering massages aren’t cheap. Try lighting some candles if it will help you calm down.