For most people, the promise of spring is a time of excitement and optimism. Blooming flowers, new leaves, and the world coming back to life are signals of renewal and growth.
But what if the re-emergence of spring doesn’t make you feel hopeful? What if it has the opposite effect?
Then consider if you might be facing major depression. Perhaps things that should make you feel joyful make you feel worse. Maybe your personal frustration at not being able to see the positives in spring makes you wonder what’s wrong.
If this is happening to you, contact a licensed health professional and ask for help. There may be a number of causes for your depression — unrelenting stress, unresolved emotional issues, or even physical triggers such as thyroid problems or even seasonal allergies.
Some forms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can be triggered in the spring. SAD is a condition that usually manifests itself in colder months with shorter days, triggering bouts of depression. But for about one in 10 sufferers, the effects are reversed — longer, brighter days can bring on symptoms. According to Psychology Today, common symptoms of reverse SAD can include sleeplessness, irritability, restlessness, poor appetite, and weight loss. The condition may be brought on by heat and humidity. Some patients find relief by traveling to cooler climates.
If you are experiencing a decline in mood, seek help before symptoms become overwhelming and more difficult to improve.
Call my office at 865-984-9933 and ask to make an appointment to see Linda Cabage, APRN.