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Sadness that occurs during the months of autumn can be the prerogative of a disease called asthenia. Because the days shorten, the immune system loses its strength and the psyche is affected.
So if you suffer constantly from insomnia, depression, lack of concentration, fluctuating appetite, this may be more than a fleeting condition.
Typically, the symptoms of autumn asthenia begin to appear in September and can be extended until winter, leaving you without power and in a state of overwhelming sadness.
There is no clinical examination to diagnose autumn asthenia, but psychologists recognize its existence.
The causes of autumn asthenia:
- Low intake of natural light.
- The amount of melatonin produced by the brain (people suffering from asthenia produce more melatonin than they need, which disturbs their biological clock and cause depressive episodes).
- Sudden temperature changes.
- Weakened immunity.
Symptoms of autumn asthenia:
Depression: apathy, underestimation, guilt, unhappiness;
Changes of mood: sudden switches from one mood to another;
Sleep disorders: desire to sleep very much and difficulty to stay awake during the day;
Lethargy: fatigue and inability to cope with daily activities;
Overeating: especially sweets or junk food;
Social problems: irritability and a desire to avoid socializing;
Sexual problems: decreased libido.
Loss of energy and ability to concentrate during the afternoon;
Loss of interest in work and other activities;
How to prevent autumn asthenia
Try to spend as much time outside. The daylight effect is very important;
Adopt a balanced diet that includes enough minerals and vitamins.
30 minutes of exercise daily, three times a week;
If necessary, professional counseling during the winter.
Regular sleep / avoiding a chaotic schedule.