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Sunlight And Depression
Is it common to live in a basement apartment with very low exposure to sunlight and then develop clinical depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
How can a minimize depression and anxiety during the winter without medication? Very sensitive to the cold and lack of sunlight. Panic attacks often.
Winter depression: A couple of options are taking extra vitamin d, and light therapy. If your vitamin d level is less than 50, it can predispose to depression. Talk with your doctor about taking 5000iu/day during winter. Or, get a lightbox that produces 10000 lux for most efficiency. Talk with doctor about gradually working up to 30 min sessions 3x/week, when you first wake up. Sit 3 feet away. Increase exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's the light: There is a sub-type of depression called seasonal affective disorder or sad (cute, huh?). In such cases increased exposure to light, not necessarily sunlight but specific wavelengths can improve mood. Not all depressions work this way however. Best to talk to a mental health professional about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 6 am so i usually catch the sun rising. But why do I feel depressed when i see the sun starting to rise?
Endless Possibilites: There could be so many reasons that you feel depressed when you see the sun start to rise. Maybe an association? Maybe you are not looking forward to you day? The possibilities are endless. Are you in therapy? If you are, talk to your therapist about it. These are the kinds of questions that can help you a lot if you talk about them. Keep asking. Best wishes. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Refers to a mood condition typified by the presence of a combination of symptoms including loss of interest, sad mood, appetite& weight changes, low energy, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, guilt or shame with or without feelings of hopelessness and despair. In severe cases suicidal thoughts and/or psychosis may also be present. Most commonly used to describe mdd & bipolar d/o. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is treatable: The condition involves depressed or sad mood, changes in eating habits, lack of interest, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and changes in sleep patterns. Sufferers may experience one or many of these symptoms. Most severely, depression may lead to feelings of hopelessness and a desire to harm oneself or others. Fortunately, the condition is treatable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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