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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?
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...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 more
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
Depression: if you have had depressive symptoms for more than a few weeks then see your physician. your PCP is a good place to start and may be able to provide adequate care. so see psychiatrist. alternatively, u could see a therapist and begin psychotherapy. both therapy and medication are very effective. if you feel unsafe or suicidal then please go to the er or call 911. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teen depression: Is harder to diagnose than depression in adults. All teens have some moodiness and rapid mood swings which can be similar to depression. If you are concerned about a teenager you know consider speaking with a psychologist about your concerns and possibly set up an evaluation for the teen. If a teen is extremely isolated and lacking interest in life ( possibly suicidal) get help asap. ...Read more
Could you tell me what to do if my depressions keeps getting worse because i can't make any friends?
Depression: Consider group therapy where you could learn to improve your interpersonal skills, ask your doctor for a referral to a clinical psychologist who does both individual and group psychotherapy. Start with individual to establish trust and rapport and then you can transition to group therapy. Best. ...Read more
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