When it’s a depression and when just a bad mood?

When autumn comes and leafs start turn into yellow, it seems like from nowhere we start feeling sad and left without energy. However, before you fall into autumn depression, think again – maybe this time of year is not so terrible?

According to psychiatrists, the main difference between bad mood and depression is that the first one passes quickly and easily, while another has its own specific characteristics. Being not only a seasonal disease, depression affects people continuously, all year round. However, it’s true that mental condition of those who have depression becomes worse in autumn and spring. We should remember that human is a part of nature and his response to weather changes, sun or rain, is a natural process.


Don’t think something is wrong with you if you are not feeling comfortable and happy. According to doctors, we should only imagine what our life would be if we would always be cheerful, without feeling nervous and uncomfortable. The answer is very simple – we would become unsafe. Moreover, naturally experienced, anger and sadness make us emotionally colorful and healthy personalities.


Autumn depression has been researched to be closely related to chemical substances serotonin and melatonin, whose production is affected by sunlight. Serotonin is the hormone responsible for a good mood and its production is increased because of the sunlight. Melatonin regulates sleep processes but it’s produced only when it’s dark. So, in light melatonin’s production slows down and we wake up but when the whole system breaks down people start falling into depression.


Trying to realize if this is only sadness or a serious disease, you should know the fact that real depression lasts a long time period and changes human’s thinking and behavior. Depression may begin at any age out of nowhere, without any serious reason and independently on weather or life situation. If it lasts for more than two weeks, people start losing their joy of life, feel continuous apathy, anxiety and concern. However, it takes six months at least to diagnose depression accurately. Most notable symptoms seem to be all natural things: an increased consumption of sweets, reduced work motivation, unstable sleep and loss of pleasure in life.


So, what’s a good treatment for depression? Continuous visits to doctor and self-confidence help patients to recover; in more severe cases they should use antidepressants, while mild depression can be successfully healed with B vitamins and magnesium. For a better result, all this medicine should be combined with psychotherapy.

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