Sometimes sunshine isn't enough to beat the blues
The sun is warm and bright, the birds are chirping, but maybe it is not enough to lift your mood. "Feeling down at this time of the year may be related to seasonal affective disorder
or even a phenomenon called summertime depression
. As described by Health.com journalist, Jessica Migala, in the article "Blue season? Suicide rates rise in spring,"
research has shown that suicide rates drop during the winter months and peak in the spring and summer
If you think something may be wrong, seek help
People experience depression differently. The experts tell us if you think something may be wrong, seek help. As quoted in the Health.com article above, Michelle Riba, MD, professor and associate director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center says, "People think that something had to have happened to have depression, or that you can will yourself out of it, but that's not true. It's a biological process -- and there shouldn't be any stigma associated with taking care of yourself."
If you, or someone you know, is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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