By Kristen Sohlman, HBA, MACP (Candidate), RP
Do you ever notice that you struggle with a low mood, that you are lacking energy, or are moodier in the fall and winter seasons? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs seasonally and is related to the changes in level of sunlight that you are exposed to during seasons of low daylight. It is important to realize that SAD can occur at other times of the year, for example, for those who work nightshifts who may not have access to as much natural light as those that are awake during the day. Some of the reasons that SAD may occur involves a lack of natural light that may actually affect your biological clock or circadian rhythm and may influence the release of chemicals in your body such as serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin, affecting your mood.
What are some of the signs of SAD?
By Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
Are you just going through the motions and wondering what it’s all for?
Are you questioning your purpose in life? Do you feel like you even have one?
Or worse, are you blocking out negative thoughts and feelings with impulse shopping, binge-watching, emotional eating, or an unflagging need to stay busy?
You might be experiencing functional depression, which is one of the more common, unacknowledged issues impacting the quality of our lives.
Functional depression is different from the more well-known Clinical Depression (or Major Depressive Disorder) because it doesn’t come with a major breakdown. That means that you still wake up on time, perform adequately at work or school, and meet expectations in the variety of roles in your life.
By Maria Forget, Social Work Student
I see that you’re struggling. I want to help you. I want you to know that the stress, anxiety, and sadness you are experiencing is not permanent. You are not alone. You do in fact, carry with you the power to overcome this. I know that it’s difficult to balance everything you have going on right now, but just know, you are doing an amazing job.
What lies within you is strength, resilience, and the ability to overcome any obstacle that is headed your way. You are strong, and capable. Whenever I meet you, I see an immense amount of potential. There is no doubt you are advancing towards personal growth. Be proud of yourself. You made it this far already. Congratulate yourself, celebrate your successes. You deserve it.
Submitted By Tuck Sleep
Troubled sleep, insomnia, and oversleeping are classic symptoms of clinical depression. While not all depressed people have sleep disorders, many do. When evaluating patients for depression, doctors typically ask about sleep patterns as part of the diagnosis. Problematically, sleep problems worsen mood and can cause depression themselves, creating a vicious cycle.
By Piper Rasmussen
They say that perfectionism can lead to depression. They’re right.
Countless studies explain how perfectionists continually set unrealistic standards for themselves, and feel like failures when they fall short on their expectations. Anything less than perfect is unacceptable, yet perfection is unattainable.
It’s one thing to feel as though you’re not good enough unless you’re flawless. Imagine being told that, over and over. I’m going to tell you a story about how my childhood sport distorted my adult reality. First, imagine you are 9 years old, competing in the biggest gymnastics competition of your life.
You begin with a perfect 10.
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