Depression

Diurnal depression – How to Conquer Those Morning Blues

Diurnal depression

Avoid confusing diurnal depression with the concept of simply “not being a morning person.” The roots of this illness are likely have both physiological and environmental causes.

  
   1. Diurnal depression, usually a symptom of a more general disorder, is characterized by extreme depression in the morning that gradually improves over the course of the day. Depression does not disappear as the day moves on, it only decreases.
      Significance
   2. The affliction likely finds origin in the biological clock of the body, also called the circadian clock or circadian rhythm. All physiological functions follow a 24-hour pattern; this flow drastically alters in those with diurnal depression.
      Time Frame
   3. Symptoms of depression appear differently as a day progresses. “They tend to be more severe in the morning, improving throughout the day,” says Michael Berk, Professor of Psychiatry at Melbourne University in Australia. “This diurnal shift in mood is particularly common in the melancholic patterns of depression.”
      Hormones
   4. The release of melatonin and cortisol, hormones that affect sleep patterns and, in turn, are affected by light stimulation, may occur differently in those with diurnal depression.
      Considerations
   5. Those with diurnal depression may be especially prone to seasonal affective disorder, a condition where depression worsens due to lack of sunlight.

Diurnal depression

Avoid confusing diurnal depression with the concept of simply “not being a morning person.” The roots of this illness are likely have both physiological and environmental causes.

      Identification
   1. Diurnal depression, usually a symptom of a more general disorder, is characterized by extreme depression in the morning that gradually improves over the course of the day. Depression does not disappear as the day moves on, it only decreases.
      Significance
   2. The affliction likely finds origin in the biological clock of the body, also called the circadian clock or circadian rhythm. All physiological functions follow a 24-hour pattern; this flow drastically alters in those with diurnal depression.
      Time Frame
   3. Symptoms of depression appear differently as a day progresses. “They tend to be more severe in the morning, improving throughout the day,” says Michael Berk, Professor of Psychiatry at Melbourne University in Australia. “This diurnal shift in mood is particularly common in the melancholic patterns of depression.”
      Hormones
   4. The release of melatonin and cortisol, hormones that affect sleep patterns and, in turn, are affected by light stimulation, may occur differently in those with diurnal depression.
      Considerations
   5. Those with diurnal depression may be especially prone to seasonal affective disorder, a condition where depression worsens due to lack of sunlight.
http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200905/200905berk.pdf

How to Conquer Those Morning Blues

 

Every morning, you can’t bear the thought of getting out of bed as you push the snooze button yet again as you cover yourself with your blanket. You wish you had more time to sleep. Does the above experience sound familiar? If it does, you probably suffer from morning blues.
It may just be Diurnal depression

Avoid confusing diurnal depression with the concept of simply “not being a morning person.” The roots of this illness are likely have both physiological and environmental causes.

      Identification
   1. Diurnal depression, usually a symptom of a more general disorder, is characterized by extreme depression in the morning that gradually improves over the course of the day. Depression does not disappear as the day moves on, it only decreases.
      Significance
   2. The affliction likely finds origin in the biological clock of the body, also called the circadian clock or circadian rhythm. All physiological functions follow a 24-hour pattern; this flow drastically alters in those with diurnal depression.
      Time Frame
   3. Symptoms of depression appear differently as a day progresses. “They tend to be more severe in the morning, improving throughout the day,” says Michael Berk, Professor of Psychiatry at Melbourne University in Australia. “This diurnal shift in mood is particularly common in the melancholic patterns of depression.”
      Hormones
   4. The release of melatonin and cortisol, hormones that affect sleep patterns and, in turn, are affected by light stimulation, may occur differently in those with diurnal depression.
      Considerations
   5. Those with diurnal depression may be especially prone to seasonal affective disorder, a condition where depression worsens due to lack of sunlight.
 
Battling depression during the morning hours with these tips may  help a tad to jump start your day:
 
Eat your Breakfast:Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you’re feeling really down, nothing can lift your energy levels better than a plateful of a balanced breakfast. Make sure to have carbohydrate, proteins & some healthy fat. Glucose from carbohydrate makes you mentally efficient and vigilant while Phenylalanine, an essential amino acid is converted into dopamine, instantly increasing energy and alertness. It can be something simple, like multi- grain bread with low sugar jam or marmalade, add an egg for protein, with a glass of low fat milk.

Have a Cup Of Tea/Coffee: A great cure for morning depression is a cup of hot coffee along with a protein cereal bar. Caffeine helps keep you awake and alert throughout the day. Coffee has other benefits also like it improves short-term recall and makes migraine drugs more effective. But consume it moderately as too much caffeine can lead to addiction, and can have adverse effects on the body.

Do Morning Exercise: Any exercise like stretching, yoga, running, aerobics or swimming releases endorphins (happy hormones), that help you feel happy and reduces stress & anxiety, which often intensifies the feelings of depression brought on by morning stress & depression. 
Being aware of your symptoms and trying to overcome them by following simple routines will help you improve your moods and your outlook on  life to conquer those “morning blues”.

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