Dr. Joy: Feeling the Fall of Fall

By WEEK Reporter

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM CDT

In tonight's Ask Dr. Joy: Does fall lead to a letdown?

Summer is a season of celebration for many people, leaving the months of September and October somewhat difficult. Fall may bring cool winds and less sunlight and for many, it is a time of fallen moods.

Psychotherapist and author Dr. Joy Miller gives us some perspective on the fall blues:

· Some call it PVS (Post Vacation Syndrome) where people tend to have trouble with concentration, tend to be irritable, have heightened anxiety, and tend to feel empty and depressed
· Therapists report that more people tend to enter therapy in the fall versus in the summer or in spring.
· Some people experience the blues and sleep disturbances, and change in appetite
· Some feel frustration in these months because they didn't accomplish everything they wanted to experience and accomplish during the summer.
· Many people get a small taste of Post Vacation Syndrome each Sunday when they think of coming back to work the next day
· 35-75% of workers in Spain, who take a month off work in August, feel effects from PVS
· A survey of Dutch workers shows it takes a week of work to move through PVS

Dr. Joy's suggestions for those who feel the fall of Fall:

- The Wall Street Journal has some great ideas · Savor the memories of the summer with friends (memories help bring back the happiness of the event)
· If you suffer from SAD make sure you consider a light box
· Get out and exercise and get back to eating healthy food
· Eat more Omega 3, add vitamin B-12 and D for mood change
· Schedule some long weekends and times with friends.

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