Seasonal Affective Disorder, When Weather Influence our Emotions


Do you often experience a sudden emotional turmoil such as easily cry, offended, sad or angry? Besides hormonal influences, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of clinical depression, which follow seasonal patterns. Weather plays a big role in determining their mood. Some people experience a serious mood change as the seasons changes.

Clinical Psychologist Seema Hingorrany says that this disorder usually occurs in winter or rainy season. “Some experts think that it happens due to lack of sunlight during winter,” he said, according to Times of India.

Lack of sun exposure is associated with low levels of melatonin and serotonin, two neurotransmitters in the brain. Serotonin has a calming effect on people. The change of seasons also triggers an internal biological clock shifts due to changes in sunlight patterns.

Like depression disease in general, Seasonal Affective Disorder has levels of severity. Many patients can be very healthy for spring and summer, but become very weak during winter. “This certainly causes problems in work and family life,” said Seema.

Psychiatrist Dr Jyoti Sangle added that usually the symptoms are feelings of despair, helplessness, worthlessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, loss of interest in activities, and changes in appetite. Further effects are difficulty in concentrating, weakness in information processing, and irritability.

Psychologist Lesung Shah said that the specific cause of this disorder is still unknown. But these disorders can happen to adults, adolescents and children. Approximately six of  100 people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many factors influence it,  including genetic.

It is not too difficult to treat. Try to get enough sun exposure, especially in the morning, because it is the best way to cure it. In addition, keep socializing, eat a balanced diet and exercising regularly can also help you avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder. Taking a walk can also help reduce symptoms