Autumn Anxiety and How Ketamine May Help

Summertime has come to an end, which for many means major lifestyle changes. Often times this can lead to a great deal of anxiety for people of all ages. In particular, 2020 has been a stressful year and with changes in schools, workplaces, and homes due to Covid-19, the stress increases. This anxiety can lead to serious depression in patients with very full hands. The Neuroscience Center provides many treatments for anxiety and ketamine therapy in particular has shown notable results in alleviating some of these issues. 

How Seasons Effect Mood

It’s natural to have different mindstates in different seasons but when it becomes negative it’s a problem. Often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this disorder is characterized by noticeable changes in mood during different times of the year. Generally, it’s associated with the “winter blues” but can happen any season and fall is no different. Ketamine works well in these situations and can be effective acutely if signs of SAD appear. Instead of trying multiple medications that may take weeks to show efficacy, we can see the results almost immediately after treatment. 

Environmental Factors

Mother nature is beyond our control and it can take its toll on the mind and body. The classic example is sunshine and Vitamin-D, Your body makes most of its own from sunlight and the darker months can have physiological effects. Get outside when you can, or take a supplement. Temperature also plays a role in mood, differing between people, extreme weather conditions are a source of anxiety. This can lead to too much time indoors avoiding activity, both physical and social. 

Symptoms of Autumn Anxiety or SAD

  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Appetite changes
  • Irritability
  • Depressive thoughts

These symptoms are fairly general for depression, what makes it unique is its specific onset time of year. There are even some patients that experience this during the onset of summer. Never the less, the symptoms can be life-altering and ketamine therapy hopes to curb them. 

Reach Out

If these symptoms feel as if they are coming on this fall give us a call at 847-236-9310 or fill out our contact form. No time of year should be dreadful and taking the steps to manage anxiety and depression during seasons is paramount for mental health. Give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant

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