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Feeling down over spring?

08/05/2015
To acknowledge Mental Health Week from May 4th to 10th, and the prevalence of people living with mental health concerns and illness, we are talking about the “Spring Effect” article written by Dr. Stacy Sprague, a registered psychologist.
“It’s not uncommon that as the long dark west coast winter draws to a close and the days get brighter and longer many people look forward to that feeling of relief and renewal. They’re basically looking forward to improved mood and energy. If that sense of renewal doesn’t happen, those people may continue to feel very blue or down, and we call this the ‘Spring Effect.’”*

What are the signs and symptoms?

“Some of the symptoms might include: A general low mood and feeling of disappointment; sleeping too much or not enough; loss of energy or appetite; problems with concentration or memory; feelings of hopelessness,” says Dr. Sprague.

Is Spring Effect a type of depression?

“It can be. If symptoms are severe or last more than a few weeks it could be a sign of clinical depression,” says Dr. Sprague.

Is there help available?

If you check four or more of these boxes, you should talk to your doctor.
Self-screening checklist:
  • Low mood
  • Low energy
  • Poor sleep
  • Poor appetite
  • Reduced memory
  • Reduced concentration
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thoughts about harming yourself
*Only a registered health care provider (i.e. physician, psychiatrist psychologist) can diagnose a medical condition such as depression. Always consult your doctor on any health issues.
SOURCE: Feeling down over spring? ( )
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