Health Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD

10:31  05 may  2018
10:31  05 may  2018 Source:   prima.co.uk

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According to new research, women with brown eyes have a higher chance of developing seasonal affective disorder (SAD).: Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD © Rocky89 - Getty Images Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD They say your eyes are the window to your soul, but we never imagined that the colour of your peepers could tell you so much about your mental health...

Until now, because new research has just revealed that those of us with brown eyes are much more likely to suffer from a common mood condition: seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

The NHS defines SAD as a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Sufferers tend to experience symptoms, including lethargy and a persistent low mood, in the autumn and winter, when they days are shorter.

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Their SAD will usually improve or disappear once the spring arrives.

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The team, who presented their work at The British Psychological Society's conference in Nottingham earlier today (3 May), studied 175 participants to determine the extent to which their mood varied with the seasons.

And they found that the mood of participants with brown eyes varied significantly more than that of those with lighter eyes.

The scientists believe this is all down to the amount of light entering our brains...

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  Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD © Provided by Shutterstock 'We know that light entering the brain causes a decrease in levels of melatonin,' said study co-author Professor Lance Workman.

'As blue eyes allow more light into the brain, it may be that this leads to a greater reduction in melatonin during the day and this is why people with lighter eyes are less prone to SAD.'

Who could have guessed that brown eyes would give you the blues?

If you're worried that you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, speak to your GP.

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13 Must-Know Things About Seasonal Affective Disorder: By Kristen FischerAlong with autumn’s savory fall produce and brightly colored leaves, also comes shorter days. Is the lack of sunlight giving you the blues, or is it something more serious like seasonal depression? Find out, here, plus other must-know facts about SAD.Love the crisp autumn air but hate how you depressed you feel when the sun begins to set while you’re still at the office? You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or seasonal depression, a type of depression triggered by seasonal light changes. In most cases, symptoms begin during late fall or early winter and start to fade away as the days become longer during spring. However, some people get SAD in spring or summer—it’s just less common. Either way, symptoms include loss of interest in things that you once enjoyed, lack of energy, sadness, feelings of hopeless, difficulty concentrating, a strong desire to sleep, or changes in appetite or weight. Thankfully though, the condition can be treated.“It really is a manageable thing,” Dr. Janis Louise Anderson, an associate psychologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, says of the condition.You may have heard about light therapy, or phototherapy, as a popular treatment for SAD. Psychotherapy, medications, and lifestyle changes can also help. There are many things, however, that you may not know about this type of depression, especially when it comes to how it affects your weight. To help you make more informed decisions about your health and weight maintenance strategies, we gathered some must-know information about SAD that everyone should know before the darker days of autumn arrive. Read on to get in the know—and don’t miss these 30 Ways to Be Happier to stay healthy and optimistic year round. 13 Must-Know Things About Seasonal Affective Disorder

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