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Is it common to live in a basement apartment with very low exposure to sunlight and then develop clinical depression?

Is it common to live in a basement apartment with very low exposure to sunlight and then develop clinical depression?

Possibly.: Several studies have shown that decreased exposure to sunlight can be a risk factor for depression. In fact, prolonged exposure to light is often used to treat some mood disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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


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Can lack of sunlight by wearing sunglasses lead to depression?

Can lack of sunlight by wearing sunglasses lead to depression?

No: Lack of sunlight during the winter is known as seasonal affective disorder. Wearing sunglasses should not cause this problem, which is triggered by lack of exposure to sunny weather, not from shading the eyes. ...Read more

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Is it possible for sunglasses to cause depression, due to lack of sunlight to the eyes?

Is it possible for sunglasses to cause depression, due to lack of sunlight to the eyes?

No: The sunlight/depression link has little to do with your eyes. Your skin absorbs the light, and in some cases prevents depression. I think even blind people benefit from sunlight in this regard. ...Read more

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How can a minimize depression and anxiety during the winter without medication? Very sensitive to the cold and lack of sunlight. Panic attacks often.

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 more

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Is sun good for depression?

Is sun good for depression?

Yes: Measured sunlight can be quite helpful in treating depression. Like most things in life, you can get too much of a good thing so use adequate spf protection. ...Read more

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Is the sun a cure for depression?

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 more

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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

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What is depression?

What is depression?

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 more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

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 more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression: Clinical depression is sad affect, depressed mood, changes in energy/sleep/appetite, poor memory/concentration, loss of interests, physical complaints such as pain, feelings of helplessness/hopelessness/despair/giving up/self hatred, crying spells. ...Read more

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