A condition that usually affects people in countries that do not see much of sunshine is surprisingly making an appearance among the residents of the UAE. This is perceived to be a consequence of people staying indoors because of soaring temperatures. Spending too much time indoors can deprive residents of the all too essential benefits of sunshine and fresh air.
The seasonal affective disorder is a condition that triggers the onset on ‘the blues’ during certain times of the year. The condition is inextricably linked to the inevitable changes in seasons and is usually prevalent at the same time every year.
However, in a paradox, residents in the UAE are experiencing it in summer because of the tendency to spend too much time inside air-conditioned environs. This causes the levels of Vitamin D in the body to drop and affects the serotonin and melatonin levels in the body too, thus contributing to a general feeling of lethargy.
A sure way to combat the onset of seasonal affective disorder would be to spend quality time outside in a natural environment that can lift up the mood. Fortunately, the condition is preventable and can be treated according to the severity of symptoms.