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Why does the onset of winter mean Depression to some people?

Many of us are not aware but in some places around the world, it gets dark as early as 4 pm and there are people who suffer from a condition called SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It is caused mainly due to the shorter days, the chilling weather, and the onset of darkness as early as 4 pm in the evening. Statistics say that in the UK over 29% of the population suffers from this condition and 10% with a condition known as reverse SAD or Summer SAD because this occurs in Summer and not in winter.


Now, you might be wondering that winter and depression are understood but is it that people suffer from reverse SAD in the summer. Aren’t the long summer lazy days a lot of fun? But, depression could be caused due to the increased humidity and heat as well but as such, no proof of the same is available as of now. Sometimes even looking at people enjoying summer can lead to FOMO and depression.

As per experts, people who have had episodes of depression earlier are more prone to the possibility of getting this condition than others. Further people who are vulnerable to allergies too have a high probability of getting this depression as allergens can cause inflammation of the airways thus triggering depression.

The symptoms of summer, in the beginning, are mild but as it nears the end of spring they start getting severe. These include loss in weight, insomnia, loss of appetite as well as anxiety or agitation. The treatment abroad available for SAD is already approved by NICE and is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This treatment does the role of modulating the brain activity effectively thus helping to reduce the symptoms of this condition in a safe and effective way.

Though this condition is not very common in India, it is very common in countries like the UK and other parts of the world as well.

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