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Likely Cause Behind Seasonal Depression Discovered

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 A recent study unveils the likely cause behind seasonal depression, a condition that affects 1 in 5 people. Light-sensing cells in the retina that affect whether you feel happy or sad connect with your brain. When the retina cells detect shorter days, the cells send signals to the brain that can result in feelings of sadness or depression. In the study, mice with the light-sensing retina cells experienced depression in the presence of a shortened light cycle; when the cells were removed, the mice didn’t become depressed. Scientists who conducted the study say that their findings help to answer the decade long question about how light is linked to mood. Cell

→Takeaway: If you suffer from seasonal depression, get outside during the day! Exposure to light can do wonders for your mood. Bundle up and go for a mid-afternoon walk or eat a meal outside.

Leslie Ann received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University. With over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness field as a nutritionist, health writer, and project manager, Leslie Ann is the backbone of the Gutbliss team, overseeing operations as well as the strategic mission of Gutbliss Rx, and authoring much of the content on the site. As a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, she is an avid believer in integrative methods to treat and heal the body.

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