Every year on February 20th, people living in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Hoodie Hoo Day! Though this might seem like a silly holiday, it’s actually a real celebration observed by people wanting to chase away the winter blues and prepare for spring. But what exactly are the winter blues? You might be surprised to find that winter blues depression is a serious problem that affects over 60 people in the US each year. This type of depression can leave one down, hopeless, and even suicidal. Thankfully, winter blues cures do exist and surprisingly, one remedy rests at the bottom of your teacup.
“Winter blues” is a slang term for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that usually presents itself in the fall and winter months. In general, women are more at risk than men and, although SAD is rarely diagnosed before the age of 20, it’s more common in young adults. The further you are from the equator, the more likely you are to be affected by the winter blues.
Unlike other forms of depression, winter blues begins and ends at the same time each year. If you feel unexplained sadness creeping up on you during autumn but clearing out by spring break, you may have SAD.
Common symptoms associated with winter blues include the following:
Winter blues depression is thought to be brought on by a lack of sunlight. This is why people living further from the equator are more susceptible to SAD. If you have a family history of winter blues, another type of depression, or bipolar disorder you are also at a higher risk.
Though scientists think there are many factors that play a part in a person developing winter blues, the most likely culprit is reduced sunlight in the wintertime causing serotonin (brain chemical levels) to drop, triggering a bout of depression. Melatonin levels can change as well, leading you to become moody and need more sleep. All of these factors combined (family history, decreased serotonin, changes in melatonin) can lead to winter blues.
What Can I Do About Winter Blues?
If you think that you might have SAD (winter blues), it’s important to see a doctor about how you are feeling. Often, winter blues is treated with medication and therapy, but there are some really effective home remedies that can be used as a winter blues cure at home as well.
It’s important to remember that when dealing with any serious medical condition, no blog article can be a substitute for medical advice or the care of a physician. But hopefully, some of the tips provided can help you feel better while we wait for spring’s arrival.
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Have a beauTEAful day.
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