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The goal of this website is to give support to people who are feeling depressed and unhappy with their lives. I am living in Europe and English is not my native language, I wish you will excuse me if I make some grammatical errors. I decided to write in English because I wish to reach as many people as I can around the world.

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Summer is generally easier time for people who are depressed, because sunlight stimulates the release of serotonin and other pleasure-related substances in the brain. If one is feeling depressed, daily walks and sitting outside in sunlight are proven to improve one's mood. Winter, on the other hand is the worst time for a depressed person. During wintertime, the amount of sunlight is generally less than during summer, resulting in decreased serotonin level in the brain. Even if one is not clinically depressed, it is quite common to have so-called "autumn-blues" during the darkest periods of the year.

Helping your brain to heal

When one is depressed, it is understandable that one has no energy to do things, but is one has so much as an ounce of energy left, it is beneficial to spend the energy by stepping outside, even if only for a short moment. If one remains indoors and in bed all day long, the negative feedback cycle will eventually make it very hard to get rid of depressing thoughts. Human brain is built in such a way that we learn via repetition. If the brain is being offered on daily basis only negative stimuli and the production of serotonin and other pleasure-related substances remains very low, the neuronal connections related to negative thoughts are strengthened while the positive neuronal connections related to positive thoughts become weaker. This will eventually lead to a vicious cycle that can render one severely depressed and incapacitated for years.

Breaking the negative feedback cycle

It is important to break this negative feedback cycle before the negative connections are strengthened too much in the brain. A daily walk outside in the sun not only releases serotonin but also increases the concentration of adrenaline, an important neurotransmitter that helps brain tackle depression. During summertime, even if it is a cloudy day, there is still enough sunlight to help the brain to fight depression if one finds the strength to go for a short walk. The longer the walk, the better it is for the brain.

Many depressed people are unaware of the simple actions they can take to help themselves to heal. The purpose of this website is to share information related to depression and anxiety, including the biological basis of these disorders and how one can help oneself to recover and remain healthy. In severe cases the medication is necessary, however in mild and moderate cases there are many things one can do to speed up the recovery process. Regardless of whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe depression, you are welcome to explore this website and learn more about how one can help one's mind and brain to recover.

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