Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Effects

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Mood disorders can arise in various forms, and one of these forms is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What distinguishes SAD from other similar disorders is that SAD occurs around the same time every year. In general, this disorder usually occurs in the early days of autumn and lasts until the late days of winter which are usually the bleakest and coldest months of the year, which is where the name comes from.   What causes SAD? Despite countless studies, the major reason as to why people experience SAD is still undecided. However various doctors and researchers lean towards the idea that SAD is caused by factors relating to light. During the autumn and winter season, the body experiences changes which are triggered by the absence and decreased amount of sunlight. For example serotonin, a chemical which affects the mood, decreases when there isn’t much sunlight. Melatonin, which affects mood as well as sleep patterns also goes down during the said season. A decrease in the levels of both can somehow affect a person’s mood and thoughts, although not usually for the better.   How does it affect people? Like in most cases of depression Seasonal Affective Disorder can greatly affect the individual’s ability to be happy. People suffering from SAD manifest behaviours such as those experienced by people who suffer from depression in general. They show signs of unexplained sadness, irritability and exhaustion. Seasonal Affective Disorder can also have negative effects on the way they perform and their behaviour in the workplace or at school. Signs of social withdrawal and decreased social activities are also observed. In its most dire stages, people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder can resort to […]

Reasons for Low Motivation

Motivation is a strong and powerful driving force behind most (if not all) of our actions. When we are motivated, we are able to contribute more to our lives, work and relationships and can organise and accomplish more of our tasks and responsibilities efficiently.   It goes without saying that having low motivation can affect our performance and results in a negative way. Sure, you may still be able to get some work done or tick off those tasks on your to-do list, but deep down you know that the results would’ve been better if you hadn’t had done it half-heartedly.   There are many reasons why people suddenly lose their motivation to work or perform an activity and two of the most common ones are lack of energy and sickness.   Lack of Energy and Sickness We all know how difficult it can be to get out of bed and head to work or carry out daily tasks when we feel sick. Feeling weak under such conditions is pretty normal, even if it is just a simple case of cold or cough.   When we are sick, our body feels exhausted and drained, and this is because our body is using all of its energies in fighting off the infection that is causing the illness. That is why even if you want to get out of bed, your body tries to resist. There are people who say that it is a matter of mind over body, but that is not always the case. It can be hard to focus and concentrate on an activity when you’re constantly thinking about your aching head and body.   Improving Your Health and Energy Levels Some people are […]