Spring SADness

Lady gazing out of the window suffering from depression

Seasons come and go and there is so much to enjoy about each of them in their own special way. However, for some of us the change of seasons can have a heavy impact on our state-of-mind and it is important to understand what is going on if you’re feeling a tad…off.

The arrival of the spring can have a heavy bearing on many and has even caused a spike in depression diagnosis and suicide rates[1]. It seems cruelly ironic that spring is one of the most beautiful and cheerful seasons, representing life and the eventual arrival of summer. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, is a real issue affecting thousands of people all over the world. This disorder can be especially difficult to deal with during spring because while everyone seems to be enjoying the warmer weather and new sprouting trees and flowers, a person suffering from SAD can feel extremely Read more

The Darker Side of Misdiagnosis: depression and hypothyroidism

Doctor performing an ultrasound on the thyroid of her female patient

This month on the Best Doctors Blog, we bring our attention to depression and hypothyroidism.

Although they are two separate diseases, depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, which is a deficiency in the levels of hormones created by your thyroid gland. The medications prescribed to increase low thyroid levels can often alleviate the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, including depression. Since the indicators of hypothyroidism and depression are similar, doctors sometimes overlook the possibility that a person who is depressed may have low thyroid levels as well. There are many symptoms linked to hypothyroidism and depression, including fatigue, sluggishness, lack of mental focus and sleeping too much. The huge list of other hypothyroidism signals also includes: Slower Read more

World Health Day 2017: Depression, Let’s Talk

The dark cloud of depression

On the 7th of April of every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) sponsors and promotes global awareness of a specific health issue and has been successfully doing so for the past 67 years. This special day also serves to commemorate the day this incredibly influential organisation was founded and to celebrate the success of their efforts since they began promoting well-being, preventative care and health in 1950.

The theme surrounding this day varies every year, from diabetes (2016), to food safety (2015) to healthy ageing (2012)[1]. This year, the organisation has chosen to shine light on one of the more taboo areas of health care – depression. WHO characterises depression as “a persistent loss of interest in activities that one normally enjoys, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.” In addition, common symptoms also include: a loss of energy, a change in appetite, sleeping more or less, anxiety, reduced concentration, indecisiveness, restlessness, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness and thoughts of Read more