Are Women More "SAD" Than Men?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), from my observation, impacts females more than males-which I am sure is hormonally related. Many dynamics create life’s emotional roller coaster. So what do you do about it?

Today, if a woman has hot flashes and mentions them to her healthcare provider, she might walk out of the office with an antidepressant (the “more mature” generation, those over 70 now, used to call them “nerve pills”). Many are place on antidepressants for other reasons related and not related to depression. If you go to your healthcare provider in the fall feeling frumpy, you could be put on an antidepressant. First, I would work on making some lifestyle changes.

In my experience, individuals who get SAD tend to be genuine lovers of life, but know the longer days and warmer temperatures are ending, which suggests to me that the adrenal glands are exhausted. The adrenal glands impact pain and blood sugar. I know those who have a passion for sugar have a low amount of B vitamins with symptoms of crying easy.

If you had an emotional low this summer, did you eat more sugar than you usually do? Does bright light bother your eyes? Those questions tell me about your health and brain function. If you wear sunglasses, the full spectrum of light is not capable of communicating with the back of the retina (the back walls of your eyes), which has a direct connection to a part of the brain called the pineal gland.

Do you eat protein? I have witnessed many ladies do not like to eat protein. Chicken and turkey are great sources of tryptophan, which is an amino acid, or protein building block, used by the body to create neurotransmitters for the brain. Your body also requires B6 to assist in the transfer of amino acids to brain hormones. I know that women on the ill tend to be deficient in B6. How much flax or salmon oil do you consume?

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