Many of us automatically assumes that the summer sunshine equals happiness though unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. Scientific studies and research have linked hot weather to hormonal imbalances, a lack of energy, seasonal affective disorder, decreased appetite, insomnia, and a reduced ability to cope with mental stress.
The contraceptive pill
According to a 2005 study from Monash University Australia, women taking the pill are almost twice as likely to be affected by depression than those who do not.
Dr Ailsa Gebbie, vice-president of the faculty of sexual and reproductive health at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists believes that it is possible for the pill to change the mood in some women who are sensitive to it.
‘We don’t know why, but it’s thought to be linked to the serotonin pathways in the brain. On the other hand, hormonal contraceptives can also be very helpful for treating PMT.’ She said.
Blood pressure tablets
Various beta blockers which are prescribed to treat high blood pressure have been linked to depression. According to professor David Taylor, the director of pharmacology and pathology at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, there is mounting evidence to suggest beta-blockers can cause depression in some people.
‘The same goes for Roaccutane, which is prescribed for acne, and possibly interferon, used in multiple sclerosis and hepatitis patients. What isn’t clear is why these drugs may be having this effect.’ He said.
For the full list of everyday depression triggers please visit the original Daily Mail article.