Tips to combat spring depression

Heritage Woods of Minooka - Tips to combat spring depression

Although seasonal affective depression is typically associated with winter months, anxiety and depression can also surface in early spring.

Symptoms specific to spring and summer-onset seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called summer depression, may include trouble sleeping, poor appetite, weight loss, agitation or anxiety and increased irritability.

Why does spring depression happen during bright, seemingly cheerier months? For starters, it’s change, which can bring with it an element of anxiety.

Ten percent of people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) experience symptoms in reverse: Once the weather turns warm, they grow melancholy.

Seasonal allergies can also bring about changes to your mood. Recent studies show an association between seasonal allergies and depression. While researchers can’t say that allergies actually cause people to feel depressed, it does appear that allergy sufferers are more vulnerable to depression.

Some experts explain the allergy-depression connection in psychological terms, focusing primarily on the heavy emotional toll of chronic allergy symptoms. There is clear evidence that allergies can interfere with sleep, and sleep problems have been linked to poor concentration and depression.

Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a seasonal funk that you need to shake off. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of SAD may include:

  • Feeling listless, sad or down most of the day, nearly every day
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Having low energy and feeling sluggish
  • Having problems with sleeping too much
  • Experiencing carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  • Having thoughts of not wanting to live

If you find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, experience physical symptoms, have difficulty sleeping or are unable to face routine chores, seek professional help.

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