A professor of psychiatry explains the difference between general and seasonal depression

Depression is a psychological disorder that leads to great confusion in daily life, and its symptoms affect the person, his thinking, and his daily activities, and there are several types of depression, including general, chronic, or seasonal cyclical that is associated with specific times of the year, but each type has different symptoms and methods of treatment.

The difference between general and seasonal depression

Dr. Muhammad Adel Al-Hadidi, Professor of Psychiatry at Mansoura University, spoke about the difference between normal and seasonal depression, explaining that a person with seasonal depression is accompanied by symptoms that appear at specific times, and their effectiveness increases during a certain period.

The professor of psychiatry pointed out that general depression differs in some symptoms from seasonal depression, as the patient may show symptoms of lack of appetite and sleep anxiety, pointing out that the patient with seasonal depression, especially in winter, shows symptoms such as food cravings and excessive sleep times, which leads to It causes weight gain, accompanied by a feeling of lethargy.

As Dr. Muhammad Adel Al-Hadidi said, seasonal depression is characterized by cyclicality, as it affects a person periodically every year, and it is called periodic seasonal depression.

Al-Hadidi indicated that the worsening of seasonal depression symptoms can affect a person negatively, as it may hinder him from performing his work, as well as negatively affect his life in general.

Symptoms of depression

There are many signs and symptoms of depression, including:

  • Insomnia or sleeping for long periods.
  • feeling hopeless
  • Loss of appetite or overeating.
  • feeling sad
  • Loss of energy and feeling tired.
  • Feeling pain without a specific reason.
  • Loss of interest in detailed activities.
  • Decreased concentration and memory disturbance.
  • Loss of the ability to make decisions.
  • Thoughts of suicide, death, or self-harm.