There are a number of ways in which the weather, and specifically the change in seasons, can have a definite affect or impact on our mental health and our moods.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is every bit as real as the seasons themselves. It is a depressive disorder that directly links a season to an individual’s depressive state, and though it tends to be more prevalent in the fall and winter months when the weather is much colder and the days much shorter, there are, however, some people who suffer with SAD in the spring and summer months when the temperatures are extremely hot or when rain is excessive.
It is important for people to understand the variety of reasons that contribute to seasonal mental health issues. The primary reasons include a change in a person’s biological clock, minimized levels of serotonin as a result of the reduced sunlight, and the disruption of melatonin levels. Whatever the case may be, it is important to seek medical help when faced with seasonal mental health or depression issues.
Here at the Riverside Behavioral Mental Health Clinic, our dedicated team of mental health professionals is on hand to provide our patients with all the insight they need on how the seasons can affect their emotions, their mental health and their moods as well as specialized support needed to understand and handle emotional changes. Our team of certified specialists is steadfast in helping patients to understand the real impact that seasonal changes can have on their mood and overall mental health. We want our patients to understand that depression and other mood changes can affect people in any season, not just the fall and winter and to seek out help needed to combat these conditions. If you find you are experiencing any of the following indicators of depression, then don’t delay in contacting our team to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our mental health professionals today.
Mental health issues and depression often present with one or more of the following indicators:
- Feeling depressed and down the majority of your day
- Wanting to sleep all the time or the inability to sleep at all
- Experiencing a minimized interest in the things you typically find enjoyment in
- Experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or suicide
If you find yourself encountering any of these signs of mental health disorder or depression on a routine basis, then our team of specialists highly recommends you seek medical attention from one of our psychiatrists right away. Contact one of our four Behavioral Mental Health offices in New Jersey in Bayonne, Hoboken Tea Bloomfield, North Bergen or Rutherford. Our team of psychiatrists here at the Riverside Behavioral Mental Health Clinic is on hand to serve you and is steadfast in our commitment and dedication to helping our patients understand the changes in their own moods and mental health state, and to provide them with the support and treatment they need, whether winter, spring, summer or fall.