Utah ranks high on list of most depressed states; summertime apparently doesn’t help

<p dir=”ltr”><span>There are many reasons why people get depressed. Cigarettes. Poor sleep habits. Social media. The end of a TV show. Even our homes can make us feel down, as 14% of people recently reported that their home furnishings actually</span> <a href=”http://www.nauticaldecorstore.com/blog/why-should-you-replace-your-interior-design-with-nautical-decor/”><span>make them feel gloomy</span></a><span>.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>But summertime?</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>CNN recently reported on</span> <a href=”http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/08/health/summer-depressed/”><span>seasonal affective disorder</span></a> <span>(SAD), which is typically associated with the winter blues, but can also cause depression to strike in the summer.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Similar to its wintertime counterpart, summertime SAD is described as being an exaggerated version of the way the season makes most people typically feel, according to available</span> <a href=”http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20719721,00.html”><span>scientific literature</span></a><span>. Winter depressives tend to overeat, and over sleep, while summer depressives lose their appetite and struggle with insomnia.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>This type of SAD is quite rare. Only about 5% of Americans suffer from SAD, and only 1% of those few suffer from summertime SAD, according to some estimates. Consequently, it’s often overlooked by scientists who study seasonal affective disorder.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Utah, however, is one of the most depressed states in the entire country, so it can’t be ignored. A study from last year found Utah had the</span> <a href=”http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/utah-has-highest-rate-of-mental-illness-in-us/article_053ef820-584d-5930-953e-c75548be7c5c.html”><span>highest percentage of adults</span></a> <span>who have experienced any mental illness in the previous year, including depression. It also had the seventh highest suicide rate in the nation. Any help fighting any form of depression could potentially be helpful.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>As a result of summertime SAD’s rarity, scientists aren’t entirely sure how to treat summertime SAD. The prevailing thought is to stay inside with the curtains drawn, and the fans and air-conditioning going at full blast. The logic is that if the light and the heat of summer cause the patient to feel agitated, then a dark, cool room should help. The problem is that relief is fleeting. As soon as patients leave their therapeutic spaces, a wall of heat and light hits them.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Some relief, though, is better than nothing. If summertime makes you feel manic, do your best to keep cool, and start making things dark before dusk.</span></p>

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