DawnBlogtopus on Depression & Anxiety in the Spring

DawnBlogtopus anxiety depression spring

The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the squirrels are digging in my garden. What’s the problem?

Even if it’s nice outside and the warm weather makes you think that you are going to be happy for the rest of the season, everything is going out of control in your mind. This is called the Spring Depression, and it affects over 23% of the population, especially those that have anxiety, each year. Similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but Spring Depression is it’s own horrific beast.

My Mind Playin’ Tricks on Me

According to psychologists, your brain is playing tricks on you again. The length of the day, the changes in your diet and the fact that you are getting less sleep makes your brain think that you are weak and more prone to dangers. As if this wasn’t enough, there is the feeling of impending doom that takes over and makes you think that something is wrong or something bad is about to happen. All of these will interfere with your daily life, and every task will seem harder to do. Welcome to my life. Each season has new and interesting ways to make me feel like I’m going insane. Further insane, that is.

Survey Says!

There was a study carried out over a period of ten years in which 30,000 adults from the USA were followed. 18% of them developed phobias and chronic anxiety after a spring season. Is this problem curable? England’s specialists say that this particular depression might come from a deficiency in minerals and vitamins in your body, so there is hope.

What’s Wrong With Me?

But the question remains: How can such good weather bring such a bad mood?

Change. While some of us can adapt easily to new and different experiences, most of the population have a fear of change. Every change (even if it’s a beneficial one) can bring a lot of stress and anxiety, especially for highly sensitive folks.

Hormones. The lack of sunlight can alter brain levels of some mood-controlling chemicals like melatonin. In October, for example, the same “moody” chemicals are getting confused as the days get shorter. Actually, more than ten percent of people that are dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are going to experience these symptoms in reverse: as the weather gets warmer, they grow melancholy. And some of us lucky ones experience this melancholy both in the Spring and in the Fall.

Memories. Nostalgia can also play a big role when it comes to seasonal depression. When you mix memories with desire, you create a depression-fueled whirlwind because you look back with nostalgia and regret at your desires and unfulfilled dreams. These kinds of memories appear especially in the spring because this is the time of the year when many milestones are being held: weddings, graduations, etc.

To Sum Things Up

Please remember, I’m not a doctor. Or even a chiropractor. I’m just a sad person. Hey, we need to come up with an acronym for plain old depression! If you’re feeling sad for more than a week, please consult your doctor. Until then…

Love, DawnBlogtopus

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  • jackie

    May 29, 2017

    Thank you thank you thank you… i thought it was just me! I said it is easier being depressed in the winter, because in the summer people ask you what is wrong? but the spring, didn’t cross my mind. The spring brings colour but more gloom. It brings fresh breeze but more a moist heat, that is sometimes uncomfortable. So for me i am always kind of chaotic in the mind, nothing settles like the pink blossom on the trees. I love that time of year but i hate myself even more. But i am better at controlling it now. Because i do not like being asked, what is wrong?

    Lovely blog x

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 29, 2017

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Jackie. Depression is so tough, people who don’t have it just don’t quite understand. I’m going to go check out your blog. Thanks so much for commenting <3

  • athomefeelin

    May 30, 2017

    I too have depression and anxiety. This spring has been the worse ever and not being where I want to be in life is making it worse. I’m just taking life one day at a time right now. It will get better, I tell myself everyday. I try to think of a couple of positive things each day to help me through it.

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I love the nicer weather, but I hate the sad feelings that come with it. Hope that you find some peace soon.

  • Marnie

    May 30, 2017

    I totally get it. I personally feel guilty when I am down and the sun is shining. It actually makes me feel lonelier. Going for a walk helps sometimes… Keep your head up and breathe.

    • dawnblogtopus

      May 30, 2017

      Thank you for your kind comment. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • MamaSavesALot

    June 14, 2017

    I remember, vividly, the feeling of panic when the days started getting shorter when I was commuting to work. I would leave before the sun came up and get home after it went down.I worked in an office that had some natural light, but it was often too cold to go outside to get some sun. I hate driving in the dark and I would absolutely lose my shit almost every day about it. What has really helped me is quitting my job 🙂 Well, at least not having a commute has been helpful. Now I have other kinds of depression. Thanks for bringing this to light.

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