Do you have problems falling asleep, especially after midnight during the winter?
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless, or doomed like there is no way out during the months of November through February?
Did you know having these symptoms and other symptoms during the winter months you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder?
If you have any of these symptoms during the winter months, the Homeopathic Remedy you need is Aurum Metallicum for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Other symptoms of Aurum Metallicum you may have:
- Heart palpitations,
- A weak memory,
- Are oversensitive when someone disagrees with you (contradiction), which can result into explosive fits of anger or violence
These Aurum Metallicum symptoms are worse on cloudy days (winter) from sunset to sunrise. You may find yourself feeling better when you are out in cool open air and sunshine.
When you take Aurum Metallicum 6c daily your Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms will slowly shift. You will be sleeping better at night, and your mood will improve too. Your depression symptoms will start to lift and you will be feeling less hopeless and doomed.
What Is Seasonal Affected Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is type of depression that happens during certain times of the year and returns at the same time (season) every year and can last 4-5 months. Seasonal Affected Disorder most often occurs in the late fall and goes on into the winter months, and often called the “winter blues”. It’s the cold winter temperatures that may have you indoors more days than not, along with the days becoming darker early (shorter days) that triggers the depression commonly seen with Seasonal Affected Disorder. When the days become warmer and longer with more sunshine as the seasons move into Spring and Summer, your depression improves.
Though not commonly seen, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder in the spring and summer, what’s called “Summer Depression”. Whether you have winter or summer Seasonal Affective Disorder, you may have mood changes that are more serious and can affect how you feel, think, and behave.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is commonly seen between the ages of 18 and 30 and in females. According to the Rasavidya Philosophy (A School of Medical Alchemy using techniques for a long and healthy lifestyle found within an ancient health system using charkas and vital force), if your birthday is between December 21st and February 11th, you can be more susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder too. In this 52-day cycle, called the Moon chakra runs the pineal gland (melatonin), which is why Seasonal Affective Disorder occurs this time of the year.
What Causes Seasonal Affected Disorder
The most common form of depression comes from grief, a loss or a head injury. However, Seasonal Affected Disorder is different, it’s more of a physical trigger that affects your brain with a chemical imbalance, and biological clock that causes a depressed state within you. Having days with less sunlight shifts your biological (internal) clock, which regulates your mood, hormones and sleep and your serotonin (a brain chemical) levels when you have an imbalance of serotonin it affects your mood, a feeling of happiness and up lifted spirits.
How Does Melatonin, Serotonin and Vitamin D can Affect Your Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Melatonin is a sleep-related hormone that affects your sleep patterns and mood. The shorter days (lack of sunlight) in the winter, causes your body to make more melatonin. When you have increased melatonin, you feel more sluggish and sleepier, causing you to have Seasonal Affective Disorder. When you have Seasonal Affective Disorder during the summertime you have less melatonin in your body, along with long hot days, it worsens your quality of sleep and can lead to depression.
Sunlight helps produce your Vitamin D levels in your body, and in doing so, it helps to regulate the serotonin in your body. When there is lack of sunlight in the winter your Vitamin D levels decrease, along with your serotonin levels, which affects your mood and can cause depression.
Melatonin as Homeopathic Remedy Helps Seasonal Affective Disorder
A client consults with me about her head feeling fuzzy (brain fog) these last couple of months. She said she has not been sleeping well either and during the day she now starts to feel drowsy. She said nothing has changed in her life in the last two to three months in her life. Though, I commonly feel this way during the winter. I told her it sounds like she has Seasonal Affective Disorder. I asked if she sleeps with a light on at night. No, she replied, but there is a bright street light that shines in my bedroom. She went on to tell me how she covers her eyes with her blankets to block out the light when she sleeps facing the window. After asking my client a few more questions, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Melatonin 6c to be taken daily to address her Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms.
My client reported back a week later stating how her thinking is much clearer and she has been sleeping much better and getting up in the morning feeling more refreshed. I advised my client to continue taking Melatonin every night at bedtime until she no longer has the Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms. I also told her I would expect next winter her Seasonal Affective Disorder will be there, but much less intense than they were this winter. She will go back on Melatonin 6c next winter when her symptoms start to surface. I told her each winter the Seasonal Affective Disorder should be less and less until she no longer has the symptoms and will not need Melatonin 6c.
Symptoms of Seasonal Affected Disorder
Common symptoms of Seasonal Affected Disorder seen in during the winter and summer you may be experiencing:
- Sleeping problems (over sleeping, increased need for sleep and daytime drowsiness)
- Feeling extremely fatigued and lack of energy
- Feeling sad, lonely, irritable, anxiety and depressed on a regular basis
- Depression causing you to feel hopelessness, which can lead to thoughts of death (suicidal)
- Problems with concentrating, focusing and memory
- Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities that you enjoyed in the past
- Withdrawing from family, friends and social gatherings
- Your appetite increased especially for carbohydrates and sweets, can lead to weight gain
- Decreased libido
- Physical symptoms, such as headaches, cramps, digestive problems, arm and legs feel heavy
Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms
Besides having the Winter Seasonal Affected Disorder symptoms, you may experience other symptoms commonly seen with Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder such as:
- Problems with sleeping (insomnia)
- Decreased appetite, which can lead to weight loss
- Feeling restlessness
- Feeling agitated, which can at times become violent or aggressive behavior
Seasonal Affective Disorder Worse During the Summer
My client calls telling me she has been feeling frustrated lately. She went on to tell me things have not been going the way she expected them to. She said she felt she can’t control what is happening to her or what is going on around her with family and coworkers. She went on to say she has been finding herself withdrawing from her family and friends. She stated some days I just want to pull the blankets over my head and just stay in bed all day. She then told me she feels this way every summer and that she was diagnosed a couple of years ago as having Seasonal Affective Disorder. My client stated that most people love the summer sun and heat, but she feels better on cloudy days. She also told me she has been dwelling on past unpleasant memories. After asking my client a few more questions, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Natrum Muriaticum. I had my client take Natrum Muriaticum 6c in a Homeopathic Remedy Solution Bottle with 10 succussions every night at bedtime.
My client calls me a week later, stating that she is feeling much better emotionally, since taking Natrum Muriaticum every night. She went on to tell me she is not dwelling so much on past unpleasant memories. She has been getting out of bed each morning, instead of wanting to pull the blankets over her head. She also told me she experienced a couple of days she enjoyed being out in the sun for a brief time. My client said there is a family event coming in a couple of weeks that she’s not sure if she is ready to attend or not at this time. I told her to continue taking Natrum Muriaticum and to see how she feels in a couple of weeks. If she feels comfortable, she can always go and make a short appearance at the event.
Homeopathic Remedies Commonly Selected for Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Aurum Metallicum – Is selected for when you feel depressed, hopelessness, and doom. Aurum is worse from sunset to sunrise and craves sunlight.
- Melatonin – Is selected for why you have brain fog, weak memory and are sleep deprived. You feel worse from lights on at night while sleeping.
- Natrum Muriaticum – Is selected for feeling frustrated and depressed. You are worse from consolation and have a craving for salty food. You have a problem falling asleep, from thinking about past events.
- Phosphorus – Is selected for when you feel spacey, have problems focusing and have anxiety. You feel better with company around and with consolation. You crave ice cold drinks and you feel better from taking short naps during the day.
- Sol – You will select Sol when you feel better on cloudy days and from short naps. You are depressed and are experiencing sleeplessness until 3am or 4am and are worse from sunlight.
- Stramonium – You would select Stramonium because you dread the dark, and must have the lights on, even while sleeping. Stramonium has raving mania with a wild look in the eyes, especially after exposure to the sun. Your symptoms are worse from shiny objects, including mirrors.
Results to Expect from taking a Homeopathic Remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
You first need to have a Health History taken to help select a 6c Homeopathic Remedy to be taken daily for your Seasonal Affective Disorder. The Homeopathic Remedy will be selected according to your Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms, along with what makes your symptoms feel better or worse. The selected Homeopathic Remedy will slowly shift your symptoms. You will start out having increased energy, and will be sleeping better at night, along with your mood starting to improve. You will continue taking your selected Homeopathic Remedy until you are no longer exhibiting the Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms. Each year thereafter your Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms will return with less intense symptoms from what you had the year prior. Eventually you will not need to take a Homeopathic Remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder, because you will no longer have this health condition.
What Else can You Do to Improve Your Seasonal Affective Disorder?
There are other things you can do to help your Seasonal Affective Disorder, along with a taking a Homeopathic Remedy:
- Get out in the sun to increase your Vitamin D and your mood. On cold days sit by a sunny window allowing the sunlight to hit your bare arms. Open the curtains to allow the sunlight to enter in your home or office.
- Light therapy is another way to help support you during the winter when there is less sunlight. The light therapy will help to reduce the production of melatonin and increase your serotonin, which will improve your mood.
- Do activities that makes you feel better, even if it is for 15-30 minutes a day or a week. See a movie, do some gardening, dancing, hang out with a friend(s) or learn something new.
- Get regular exercise, such as walking, Qi gong, yoga or start a new exercise you have been wanting to do.
- Eat clean healthy meals.
- Don’t make any big decisions until the depression has lifted such as changing jobs, moving, getting married or divorce.
You’re at a Higher Risk of having Seasonal Affective Disorder
The shorter days and brain chemical imbalance are the common characteristics of Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, there are other characteristics you can have that can cause you to be at a higher risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder such as:
- Having negative thoughts can cause or effect Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Live at the latitudes far north or far south from the equator and has less sunlight during the winter.
- Living in cloudy regions
- Having a depression or bipolar disorder
There is no need to suffer through the winter months with Seasonal Affective Disorder, when you can take a Homeopathic Remedy to help you through the season.
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