Deal­ing with ‘sea­sonal mood dis­or­der’

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I will be writ­ing my board ex­ams and th­ese days I feel very low. Am I suf­fer­ing from a sea­sonal mood dis­or­der? Please guide me.

—Lethar­gic Most peo­ple re­spond to the chang­ing sea­sons with changes in mood, me­tab­o­lism and be­hav­iour. Many peo­ple find they eat and sleep slightly more in the cold sea­son and dis­like the dark morn­ings and short days – this is com­monly re­ferred to as ‘win­ter blues’. Symp­toms such as over­sleep­ing, overeat­ing, dull­ness, lack of en­ergy and mo­ti­va­tion and lethargy are com­mon dur­ing the win­ter months.

Com­mon re­search sug­gests that lack of bright sun­light makes a dif­fer­ence in brain chem­istry. Ev­i­dence has sug­gested that sero­tonin lev­els in­crease with ex­po­sure to bright light and med­ica- tion, wher­ever re­quired, has a pos­i­tive ef­fect along with a well-struc­tured daily rou­tine and phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and so­cial­i­sa­tion.

You could try a few things to deal with the mood swings. In­ter­face with day­light when­ever you can. Do some struc­tured ex­er­cises. Eat fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles and healthy bev­er­ages.

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