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Seasons change your mood. Truth or Myth?

seasons change moodExperts are now asking how changing seasons might affect your mood.

Kathryn A. Roecklein, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, notes that the changes affect people differently, but generally have to do with loss of energy, socialization lapses, lose of interest in your favorite activities, yearning for carbs and changes in sleep patterns.

Roecklein notes that light is prominent among them. The days grow shorter or longer depending on the time of year. In fall, the sun sets much earlier; so following Roecklein’s principle, it would be normal to notice a shift in mood around that same time.

How does the body know the difference? It turns out the body has a “built-in” clock. Roecklein explains that this clock,the circadian clock, mainly tells the body when to fall asleep and when to wake up. Changes in sunrise and sunset therefore upset the normal functioning of the clock and make it produce abnormal quantities of certain hormones during certain seasons. These cause the discrepancies you may observe in your mood as seasons change.

Activities like exercising, eating well, opening the shades when the sun’s out and making time for socialization are all ways you can help keep your mood stable all year round.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

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