Everyone one feels a little sad sometimes, but depression is different. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, "Depression (also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is different. It can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. It is an illness that can affect anyone— regardless of age, race, income, culture, or education. Research suggests that genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors play a role in depression." The NIMH notes that depression is a medical condition, not just feeling sad for a few days, and it can interfere with your day to day life. Below are some resources to help you learn more about depression and how to approach getting help if you or if someone you care about seems depressed.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) is a condition which causes people to become sad or depressed when the days become short and they are exposed to less sunshine and Vitamin D. In New England, this can happen in the Fall and Winter. New Englanders can benefit from taking Vitamin D during the winter and also from using a SAD lamp (a 10,000 lux lamp which imitates daylight) during the mornings which can help elevate one's mood and regulate circadian rhythm.
Lots of people experience symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes these feelings are related to things that are stressful, like taking an exam or making a major life decision; at other times, they might be related to an anxiety disorder, which is a clinical condition. Some examples of common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. You can learn more about anxiety from the resources below.
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