While ketamine often focuses on treatment-resistant depression. It is also being used for Seasonal Affective Disorder, aptly abbreviated to SAD. This is the onset of depressive states that coincides with the seasons. While most people who suffer from SAD show signs in the darker months, some experience symptoms in the warmer months as well. Undoubtedly, ketamine therapy seeks to provide relief for this seasonal depression without the need for a yearly regimen of medications.
SAD in 2021
SAD is referred to by many names such as “cabin fever,” “winter blues” and now we have the “Covid-19 blues.” The global pandemic has everyone cooped up and stressed, giving rise to the number of people suffering from depression. For instance, a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in June 2020 showed a 31% increase in anxiety and depression compared to 2019. Furthermore, US adults are experiencing higher rates of suicidal ideation and growing numbers of substance abuse.
This trickle-down effect from the pandemic is making SAD even more difficult to manage than in years past. The Neuroscience Center recognizes this from a mental health standpoint and believes that ketamine therapy is a valuable tool in helping these people.
Are You Suffering from Seasonal Depression?
The signs and symptoms of SAD can show its face in many different ways for different people. The frustration and inability to get out of a rut are magnified when weather or forced quarantines disrupt the lifestyle one is used to. For example, we are seeing people who normally don’t have depressive moods lose their motivation for living a full life. In addition, the patients who expect their SAD symptoms are falling further into an anxiety-ridden state of being.
Physiological Changes of SAD
Just like the earth’s seasons change the landscape of nature, they also change the human body on a physiological level. Here are some examples:
Decreased Levels of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is unique in that most of the Vitamin D in our bodies we create within by soaking in light in the form of sunshine. This can be difficult depending on geographic location but taking any opportunity to bask in whatever sun you can find has been proven to improve mood.
We all could use a little more sleep in this busy world and the hormone that helps balance sleep is melatonin. Melatonin levels coincide with daylight and dark hours, letting your body know when to go to bed and wake up. The shorter days and darker months can throw this balance off and negatively affect lifestyle. Without a doubt, a regular sleep schedule is a must to maintain energy levels and a healthy mental state.
Decreased Seratonin Levels
Seratonin is our pleasure hormone, and patients with depression are shown to have lower levels than the average person. In addition, this is only exacerbated by cold, dark and now quarantined months. This is why the speed of efficacy shown in ketamine therapy can be a viable and more expedient solution to low serotonin levels.
We all need help at some point and The Neuroscience Center is here for you. Maybe you don’t know you are suffering from SAD, or have tried seemingly everything. Take the time to fill out our contact form and we will help in the best way we can. We care about you in these difficult and dark times. Give us a call at 847-236-9310 if you feel desperate and someone will be there to find a solution.