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.
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…