Depression 2

The cold and dark winter days can cause depression in people who experience seasonal emotional disturbances. They are characterized by typical symptoms of depression such as sadness, disillusionment, even suicidal thoughts in some cases. Symptoms like excessive drowsiness, lethargy, craving for carbohydrates, overeating also can be observed in some people. According to the scientists, there are three physiological causes of winter depression.

First, during winter from the eyes to the brain enters a limited amount of sunlight. This reduces the synthesis of serotonin - the hormone of happiness and balance.
Second, longer nights and darker days are the reason for the increased production of the hormone melatonin. This makes people drowsy and even apathetic.
Third, the body is not getting enough vitamin D, which is formed during exposure of the skin to the sun.

If you suffer from winter depression you have to change your diet a little bit. You have to eat more fruits and sweets. You also have to change your lifestyle and you have to create more healthy habits. In many cases, regular exercises will help much more than the antidepressants. One hour of exercises every day will definitely reduce the symptoms of depression and will help you easily to cope with stress. Take drugs in a last occasion; just try to reduce the depression in the best possible natural manner.

The daily exposure to sunlight is very important to overcome winter depression without too much effort. You can use the popular light therapy, which is type of light treatment of depression using the full spectrum of fluorescent light. As you see, even if there is not enough sun during winter, there is a solution. Light and outdoor exercises are very beneficial, because they regulate the secretion of hormones like serotonin and melatonin, which affect the mood and can help you to get rid of depression during winter.

The intake of vitamins in tablets or large amounts of fruits and vegetables is also very important factor in the treatment of winter depression. Some experts recommend an additional intake of the amino acid L-tryptophan. It is used by the body for the production of serotonin, which positively fights against depression during winter.

The levels of vitamin D in winter can be stabilized if you eat more fish, eggs, milk, enriched with vitamin E and oatmeal, or take some supplements.
Besides vitamin E, fish contains many Omega-3 fatty acids, which also increase the mood. The application of vitamin D has a positive effect in maintaining the calcium levels in the body and keeps it normal. Moreover, vitamin D affects the brain, the connections of the spine and the production of hormones that influence the mood and fight against depression. You should also know that depression is one of the first symptoms of deficiency of vitamin B12 in the body.

The winter depression is very serious disease which can be easily overcome with proper diet and healthy lifestyle. More exercises, more sun light and healthy food and you will be able to cope with depression without too much efforts. The treatment of depression during winter is very important and any delay can be fatal. That is why you have to seek help if you can not overcome depression by yourself. Do not be shy and take action.