Summer is finally here and (que Alice Cooper) “school’s out for the summer”…well, for almost everyone. See me studying below?…That is what happens when you decide you want to go back and do more school. I feel like the LSAT is right around the corner, (even though it is in October) and I need to spend my extra time this summer studying instead of sun bathing. However, even if I can’t lay out by the pool I find it is important that I still get my daily intake of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency in adults has actually been linked to depression and wearing sunscreen might be preventing your skin from soaking up the Vitamin D it needs! But before you throw away your bottle of Banana Boat and hop in a tanning bed, read below to see other ways to get Vitamin D and some interesting facts about the link between Vitamin D, sunshine and depression.
Obviously a little sunshine and Vitamin D is not a cure all for depression, however, there are many cases of depression that are directly related. The term for depression that is directly related to sunshine is seasonal affective disorder (more commonly known as SAD). It is actually considered a major depression disorder and has many of the same effects on a person as those who suffer from year around depression, except it usually manifests itself primarily between the months of October and March. If you have year around depression, you could technically also be affected by a lack of sunshine, which could intensify your symptoms. In addition to SAD, “vitamin D has been reported in the scientific and lay press as an important factor that may have significant health benefits in the prevention and the treatment of many chronic illnesses. Most individuals in this country have insufficient levels of vitamin D. This is also true for persons with depression as well as other mental disorders,” according to a collaborative article published in the Issues Ment. Health Nurs. (read the full article here).
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is just some research I have done and you should consult your doctor and/or therapist for specific information and treatments that are right for you.)