ASMR Sound & Visual Hypnosis Therapy, Help For Seasonal Depression

Summer, vacation and holidays are over, the
day is getting shorter, getting up in the mornings is harder, things have increased,
but to solve problems and to cope with the heaping up routine there are no forces at
all. Familiar? The breakdown with the onset of autumn has
traditionally become accustomed to associate with the so-called seasonal depression. Not only nutritionists and fitness trainers,
but dozens of gadgets and applications on the market promise to cope with mood swings,
fatigue and daily stress. A lamp for improving performance, soothing
trackers and an application that will advise when to go for a walk with friends – we tell
you how technology helps keep you upset on cold and dull autumn days. What is seasonal depression? And does it exist? The first professional psychiatrist to pay
attention to the fact that mentally healthy people can suffer from severe disorders when
the season changes, was Norman Rosenthal. He felt such seasonal changes on himself:
in the 1980s, together with his wife, he moved from South Africa to New York, he found that
in the winter months, both of them become apathetic for no reason and often suffer from
depressed mood. The situation changed with the arrival of
the warm season. The scientist shared his observations with
a group of researchers from the National Institutes of Health, in 1984 they described “seasonal
affective disorder” (SAR). #asmrroleplay #asmrtherapy #depression
It is worth noting that ATS is not allocated as a separate mental illness, but is considered
a specification of a major depressive disorder. In this case, the diagnosis of “major depressive
disorder” is made in the presence of five or more of the nine symptoms, each of them
must manifest for at least two weeks. These include depressed mood for most of the
day, occurring almost every day, a decrease in interest or pleasure in almost all activities,
a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness, a decrease in vigor and fatigue, sleep disturbance
and several others. In addition, among them should be at least
one of two main symptoms – depressive mood and / or loss of interest or pleasure. The diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder
is made according to the following criteria: depression that begins and ends at a certain
time of the year each year, the absence of depressive episodes during the rest of the
year, and also if the number of seasons with depression, starting with the onset of the
disorder, exceeds the number of seasons without it. For diagnosis, each of the criteria must be
observed for two years. Scientists have been investigating the conditions
and mechanisms for the onset of ATS for more than 30 years, during which time they were
able to identify a number of biological factors that are presumably associated with the onset
of this disorder. First, the level of serotonin. Reducing the amount of sunlight can lead to
a decrease in the amount of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that is responsible for our good
mood and emotional stability. Secondly, the level of melatonin. It is a hormone that is produced at nightfall,
causing our bodies to fall asleep. Since there is less light on winter days,
overproduction of this hormone can occur in the body, which causes a feeling of lethargy
and drowsiness. In addition, since much less sunlight comes
to our skin in winter than during the warm season, people with seasonal affective disorder
can produce less vitamin D, which, according to some authors, is related to serotonin activity. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency and depression
may be interrelated. According to some reports, the prevalence
of ATS is between 1 and 3 percent of the total population. However, this statistics can hardly be considered
accurate: people often don’t go to the doctor, moreover, it’s usually very difficult for
a specialist to diagnose ATS, as its likely signs are very similar to the symptoms of
other types of disorders. In 2016, researchers from Auburn University
(USA) published the results that completely refute the existence of the so-called “seasonal
depression.” The authors of the work showed that a broad
survey of the population did not reveal any patterns between the depressive state and
the time of year. After analyzing the data of the poll, in which
more than 30,000 Americans took part, scientists concluded that the number of people suffering
from depression does not significantly change depending on the time of year. There were no more cases of depression among
those surveyed during the winter compared with people interviewed at a different time
of the year. Also, the results of this study showed that
in winter the symptoms of those participants in the study, whose responses indicated that
they were currently depressed, were not more pronounced.

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