Spring is in the Air!

It is absolutely beautiful here in Boston!  68 degrees and sunny- who could complain!  Two days of sixty-degree weather and I feel like a new person.  It is amazing how much the weather can affect one’s mood.  After a couple of days of warm weather I feel energized, rejuvenated, and my spirits have lifted.  After experiencing this warm-weather high I feel as though I have gained insight to what it must be like for people who suffer from seasonal depression.  Of course, after having just finished psychopathology and in lieu of my recent mood change due to the warm weather I find myself wondering, do I in fact suffer from seasonal depression?  You know what they say…once you take psychopathology you find yourself self-diagnosing left and right.  While I don’t think that I have seasonal depression, I definitely have a newfound appreciation for the correlation between weather and mood, and I feel such a relationship between the two is normal, especially at the start of a new season.

According to the DSM-IV, a seasonal pattern to mood disorders refers to the onset and remission of major depressive episodes at characteristic times of the year, most often occurring at the onset of fall/winter and remitting in the spring.  Also, the DSM reports that younger people are at a higher risk for winter-type depressive episodes and furthermore, such episodes are more common in women than men.  I find both of these facts very interesting.  Why is seasonal depression more common in younger people?  Why is this age group more susceptible to the influence of colder weather and darker days on mood?  Furthermore, why is this pattern of depression more common in women?  In search of answers to these questions, I find myself wondering if it is a matter of self-reporting.  Are younger people and women more comfortable self-reporting that the weather has an influence on their mood?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!  Feel free to comment!

To wrap up this post, I thought I would share a picture with you all that I captured this afternoon while running outside.  As I ran my usual loop through the streets of Brighton and Newton, listening to Pandora on my phone, I couldn’t help but stop and smell the roses so to speak and snap a few pictures of the flowers starting to bloom around me.

I hope you are all enjoying this fabulous weather!

About agareaumspp

Hi! My name is Ashley Gareau and I am a first year student in the Master’s in Counseling Psychology program at MSPP. I graduated from Lafayette College in May of 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology and moved to the Boston area shortly thereafter. Following my undergrad years I assumed a position at Children’s Hospital Boston working as an Administrative Assistant for one of the physicians. While working at Children’s I spent a lot of time volunteering with patients on the organ transplant unit and discovered a passion for health psychology. Alas, I decided to attend graduate school for counseling and I have hopes of applying to Psy.D programs when I am done with my master’s. When I’m not studying or doing work (which is rare these days!) I can be found doing yoga, knitting, playing with my dog, or spending time with my family and friends. Also, I absolutely love the outdoors and try to ski, hike, and bike as much as I can! Welcome to my blog and I look forward to sharing my journey through graduate school with you all!
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3 Responses to Spring is in the Air!

  1. Turjo Ahmed says:

    you are right . weather is just awesome now in my country also . i am loving it Group golf holidays

  2. agareaumspp says:

    Thanks so much for your comment. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading my post. Enjoy the Spring weather!

  3. Fashion says:

    Hi Asley, I gotta tell you that seasonal depression is hard to handle even for a middle aged man like me, but thank God it`s spring again here in Norway and I love it. Really interesting to read your study!

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