What is winter depression?

In these freezing and gloomy winter days, many people feel dejected, reluctant, sluggish, tired or even depleted. Not to mention the deterioration of sleep and eating habits. If these negative feelings are not limited to 2-3 weeks, you may be experiencing ‘winter depression’. Psychologist Sena Sivri says, “The sun’s rays, which decrease in winter, can cause a decrease in the secretion of serotonin, the happiness hormone, change in the chemistry of the brain and cause depression.”

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Daylight has an effect on people’s well-being. It is thought that seasonal mood disorders, called autumn or winter depression, are related to the decrease in daylight and occur with the reaction of the brain to it. Depending on the change in the levels of serotonin and melatonin hormones, which are effective in the sleep and wake cycle of humans, the mood and energy levels of the people also change.

In the autumn and winter seasons, the days are shortened, the time spent outdoors and in daylight decreases, resulting in an increase in melatonin levels and a decrease in serotonin levels. This can create the biological conditions necessary for depression to occur. At the same time, with the cold weather, there is a decrease in socialization, and with the increase in work & school densities, changes in mood occur. It is possible to talk about winter depression in the table where the changes in reluctance, fatigue, lack of pleasure, appetite and sleep patterns take two weeks.

Symptoms of seasonal depression

  • Unwillingness, unhappiness, hopelessness
  • Increased anxious thoughts
  • Fatigue, weakness
  • Sleep disorders (more or less sleepiness)
  • Appetite changes (anorexia or increased appetite)
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • A general state of sadness throughout the day

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