When seasons change, especially in a city like Kolkata, the effect on your daily life is wholesome. For example, spring gives way to summer, a sultry time when you don’t feel like doing anything. It is expected that people will feel a little down and out because there is so much of humidity in the air, making you sluggish and sweaty. With more heat coming your way in the coming weeks, you are bound to feel depressed. For some people, this state of depression overstays, even after summer is on in full swing.
In other countries, where winter is severe and prolonged, the same kind of feeling takes over people after the autumn season gives way to the monotonous days of winter. Psychologists call this feeling of depression as SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. As the name suggests, this disorder is brought about by the change of seasons. Through poetry and other literature dating back centuries, we have known that nature and seasonal changes have a distinct effect on human minds. This feeling of depression is just a manifestation of this feeling, just like you feel happy when there is a burst of rain after a hot, humid day.
SAD is not easily diagnosed because it blends in so well with other normal feelings. Like, you may feel lazy and upset because of the weather, but you term this phase as a normal passing one. However, SAD creeps up slowly and takes a vicious grip on your mind. In such cases, you are unable to focus on your work or studies for days on end. You have mood swings and find it irritating to socialize, even with close family and friends. During these times, you psychological counselling. Otherwise, the vicious grip tightens on you.
There are various reasons why Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD occurs in people. The most common one is the effect of sunlight on our body clock. With daytimes varying due to change of seasons, it upsets the normal secretion of the serotonin, a neurotransmitter that controls moods and triggers feelings of depression. There is long-term cure for SAD but its most pronounced hurdle is that people are unable to recognize its danger or its mere presence.
If you are feeling unduly upset or low because of seasonal changes, contact Moner Alo for a professional psychological evaluation by the best psychologists in Kolkata.