Do you see the change?
Can you smell the change? Can you hear the change?
Yes, it’s a new season! This is the first week of Spring!!
If you can’t respond due to sneezing from all the pollen in the air, I feel you. This too shall pass.
But other then the allergy blues, don’t you just love spring time? My toddler has been so fascinated by the colorful trees. By the end of her school commute, she has identified at least five different colors.
I can only imagine the beautiful works an artist produce during this season.
When you step outdoors on a breezy sunny day, it is as if you have been released from prison or the bondage you have experienced for the past few months or longer. You now have permission to breath fresh air and reason to enjoy life.
Or do you?
Do you feel like your outdoor scenery? Perhaps you have a different view or outlook. Do you feel as though you are stuck in winter?
You could be experiencing SAD: Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons (Mayo Clinic).
Myth would have you to believe that most mood changes occur during the winter months. But studies have shown that not only are those living with mood disorders more challenged during the spring, but suicide rates are also higher during this season (ref. NIH).
Understandably, one would think that spring would foster more pleasant and positive emotions. After all, spring is supposed to be the season of life and new beginnings. Whereas, it is not for certain why there is such a high peak during this season, the Seasonality of Suicidal Behavior Journal publication of 2012 lists a number of factors that contribute to the surprisingly shift.
Apparently all that pollen that has you sneezing could also have an affect on your emotions. Environmental factors such as climate, chemical and biological are possible mediators that influence suicidal behavioral. You may not can avoid these environments, but you can be more consciously aware of their possible effects to your mental health and be preventative.
At the time of completion, more than 90% of suicide victims suffer from a mental disorder. When it comes to seasonal variation, this number is spread across the board within specific disorders. During the spring and early summer seasons, the peak was high among male patients with alcohol addiction.
Increased depression and suicide attempts are seen in both genders, but there is an increase in the suicide rate among youth. This concurs with the fact that suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among young people age 15-24.
Various methods are used to self-help and even to self-harm among both genders. During the spring time, there is an increase of violent methods used such as hanging, jumping and firearms. Most violent methods are committed by males.
These few factors listed are alarming enough to monitor your mood changes and mental health during this season. Whether or not you have been diagnosed with a mood disorder or might become depressed due to a crisis, be alert. Create a preventative or wellness plan that will help you deal with any current challenges or unexpected.
Check in with your support system so that you do not have to deal with any possible challenges alone and so that they might help you recognize any unforeseen mood change.
Remember, spring is a beautiful time. You have a right to enjoy its beauty too. Start by taking care of yourself!
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