Winter is here! Chilly weather, mocha lattes, and layered outfits are readily at hand. However, with this also comes a rise in depression symptoms compared to the rest of the year. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder in which depressive symptoms in a person occur at the same period for them each year, usually during the Winter season, due to the colder weather and decrease in sunlight during the daytime. Depression can be a very difficult illness to cope with, and there’s not usually a clear fix. BUT Easing seasonal depression is not that hard. Here are some of our top-tips you can try to help reduce the symptoms and improve your mood:(more…)
Mind Your Mind
This post is authored by By Jennifer Clark, LMSW and Mickey Desai.
In Usagi Medical Group’s ongoing series to help you maximize your con-going experience, we’ve compiled a short list of tips and resources that you may find useful if you or someone you know is suffering from some variety of mental-health issues during your con. These issues are not always easy to identify, and may range from anxiety attacks to self-esteem problems, addictions to body-image issues, or even just good old-fashioned depression.(more…)
Post Con Blues
So, Post-Con Depression is a real thing. I mean, you’re not going to find Post Con Blues in the DSM, but we know that coming down from the pure excitement and hilarity of the convention can leave one feeling temporarily worse than usual. Being surrounded by tons of fun, like-minded people, costumes, exhibits, panels, parties, your family of friends… What’s not to like? It’s hard to go back to real life after a weekend of escapism. Coming back to reality can underline some real feelings of sadness and discontent.(more…)