As the BBQs fire up and the pool parties begin, it s beginning to look a lot like Summer. Summer often seems to come early in Northern California although the season does not officially begin until June 21st. And while it is time for many to enjoy our cool coastal breezes and scenic rivers, others struggle with clinical depression during the dog days of summer. TMS Health Solutions knows that clinical depression does not yield to vacations or sunny summer days. The good news is there is no better time to deal with mental health and bouts with clinical depression than the present. So, check out this guide on how to make the most of your summer by dealing with clinical depression.
Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder
It is well known that certain seasons can have a direct effect on many people’s mental health. Typically, the short grey days of winter can trigger episodes of clinical depression within some folks. This is known as seasonal affective disorder. But a minority of people experience reverse seasonal affective disorder which occurs in 10% of seasonal affective disorder sufferers. This reverse seasonal affective disorder tends to occur at higher rates in places that have particularly warm, long summers.
Determining what causes reverse seasonal affective disorder and clinical depression within an individual is imperative in deciding one’s course of action and treatment. Researchers are not exactly certain as to what causes summer seasonal affective disorder but are exploring various causations. Some believe that the increased sunlight intake causes fluctuations in melatonin production. Another theory suggests that longer summer days cause people to sleep less throwing off their circadian rhythms. Other researchers point to the summer heat as a catalyst for reverse seasonal affective disorder, which forces some to seek air-conditioned shelter to break away from the oppressive heat.
Brightening up your Summer
Whether you suffer from reverse seasonal affective disorder or seasonally unrelated clinical depression, being proactive about your mental health is of the utmost importance. As reverse seasonal affective disorder can turn into a more serious episode of clinical depression, it is best to get help as soon as possible. Talking to a doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker about your symptoms is a good first step that ensures you do not struggle alone. At the least, clinical depression can be a drag on your summer. At it’s worst clinical depression can have dire consequences and should be addressed sooner than later.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
One way to treat clinical depression during the summertime is transcranial magnetic stimulation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS uses the power of magnets to regulate areas of the brain that regulate mood. Unlike anti-depressants, TMS is not associated with severe side effects, which leaves patient’s free to reclaim their summer. Less than 5% of patient’s stop TMS treatment due to its side effects. TMS is a noninvasive form of therapy which operates entirely outside of the body.
If clinical depression has you holed up indoors, preventing you from experiencing Northern California’s beautiful summer spots, ask your doctor about TMS treatment. Better yet, do yourself a favor and check out TMS Health Solutions. TMS Health Solutions is at the forefront of TMS applications in Northern California by helping its patients overcome the symptoms of clinical depression. Dedicated to the awareness and treatment of mental health issues, TMS Health Solutions can create a customized course of treatment for you that could include TMS, anti-depressants, and/or some form of talk therapy. Let TMS Health Solutions shoulder the weight of your depression, leaving you free to soak up some sun, jump in the pool, and make the most of your summer.
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