“Springtime depression” is seen often in recent days as a type of depression. As the name gives it away, it is defined as ‘a depressive emotional state which is seen often in every society and begins along with the spring every year at the same time.’ We talked about its causes and treatment methods with Lokman Hekim Hospital Clinical Psychologist Nida Dal.
Corruption of the hormonal and chemical balances of the brain due to a reaction to the increased levels of light with the arrival of the spring causes the individual to feel unhappy in terms of his/her psychology says Nida Dal, who explains: “Our bodies release less melatonin as a reaction to the increased levels of light in spring. Experts of the world of psychiatry and psychology consider that the insufficient release of melatonin causes depression by affecting the environmental factors through the brain’s chemistry, nervous system, and hormones. In short, all seasonal changes makes the person prone to depression due to increased sensitivity in these times.”
Do not underestimate your mood
“The biggest mistake made often in regards to springtime depression is to underestimate the disorder by thinking that it is just a temporary mood change or tiredness. However, we often witness that this disorder cause many people to go in permanent depression, getting severer day by day. You should take the necessary steps in order to keep your motivation high during the whole year by taking it seriously, especially if the depressive symptoms or the experienced or felt discomfort lasts longer than two weeks.”
Seen more often in young people
“Springtime depression is observed especially in young individuals aged 18 to 25 years. Springtime depression is more common in individuals with a genetic predisposition to depression, and who have a history of depression, and women compared to men. However, symptoms are severer in men. When the person begins to feel anxiety, insomnia, irritability, agitation, weight loss, loss of appetite, increased incidences of sexual urges, he/she should consult with a specialist. It is normal for you to feel more sluggish or in low spirits. But if you started to feel this way and continue to do so and if you need to be motivated, even when doing your daily activities, you should consider seeing a physician.”
Watch for the feeling of hopelessness!
“In addition, if there are changes in sleep and eating habits, if there is the existence of depression, guilt, feelings of worthlessness, sadness, emptiness, weakness, loss of energy or decreased interest in daily work, decreased performance, nervousness, easily crying, anxiety and fear, hopelessness, the idea of suicide, or the need to take alcohol, cigarettes etc. to feel comfortable, the first thing to do should be to see a specialist.”
Get support from nutrition
“Although the field of psychology is not an expert on nutrients, Omega3 is shown by experts as the most natural way to fight depression. When the relationship between vitamin D levels and the symptoms of depression was examined, symptoms of depression were more common in those with lower vitamin levels. For the most abundant vitamin D, the most practical way is to go out to the sun, but milk and milk products, many fish species, mushroom varieties, parsley, and oats can also be preferred. Studies show that eating bitter chocolate a few times a week reduces the hormones that cause stress and depression.”
“Light therapy, drug therapy, and psychotherapy can be used to treat springtime depression. Light therapy, or phototherapy with other words, is carried out in an area called the therapy box by exposing the patient to bright light. The light applied in light therapy is very close to daylight, so it helps to alter the mood by triggering the secretion of brain chemicals. Antidepressants are chosen often by our psychiatrists for the treatment of springtime depressions, but they may take up to several weeks to be fully beneficial.”
“Psychotherapy is the method psychologists use to treat seasonal affective disorder. Although the main cause of this disease is the imbalance in brain chemicals, your thoughts and behaviors may also affect your illness. Psychotherapy can help you change your negative thoughts and behaviors that make you feel unwell. Exercise, regular nutrition, socializing, increasing the light area, abundant fluid consumption, psychotherapy or other forms of treatment to leave behind the burnouts of the winter, creating a new opportunity to detox and refresh will help you to pass through the spring without depression.”