Depression is an illness. It affects the whole body, including the brain. It can change how a person feels emotionally and physically. Depression is treatable so it is important to speak with a health care provider if you experience any of the following:
These feelings may be present for an extended period of time:
A more acute illness with symptoms of minor depression and some of these additional symptoms:
A reaction to lack of daylight. Symptoms can mimic those of minor or major depression. Occasionally people may experience this during the summer. Causes of Seasonal Affective Disorder for both winter and summer include the following:
If you have experienced symptoms of minor depression or SAD for a while, consult a health care provider. If symptoms of major depression have been present for two weeks or more, contact a health care provider. Should you be experiencing suicidal thoughts, contact a health care provider or crisis line immediately.
Treatment options are often used in combinations. Possible treatments include:
- Talk therapy
- Exposure to light (for treatment of SAD)