Depression is more common than most people realize. In fact, according the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 18% of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 80% of those do not seek treatment. Many people deny they are depressed, especially if they cannot come up with anything in particular that is making them feel sad. Instead of becoming frustrated about your mood changes that seemingly have no cause, consider these 9 scientific reasons you may feel depressed. #2 will surprise you.
9. Seasonal Affective Disorder.
A lack of sunlight during the winter may not just be an emotional trigger – it is scientifically proven to cause depression. Some of us are more sensitive to sunlight than others and need it to keep emotionally balanced. Getting enough sunlight in the morning is especially important because it helps keep circadian rhythms in sync with daylight hours, which in turn helps keep our sleeping schedules regular. If it is too difficult to get sunlight in the winter with your schedule, try getting a Happy Lamp, which is a lamp with light meant to mimic the effects of sunlight on the brain. Related to not getting enough sun, you may have a vitamin D deficiency. Also common in the winter, a lack of vitamin D is related to feeling depressed. Thankfully, this deficiency is easily remedied with vitamin D supplements. If a lack of vitamin D is your problem, a supplement may be just the happy pill you need. Taking vitamin B, especially folic acid and vitamin B6, is also associated with mood boosting.