Stopping winter from bringing colder temperatures, less sunlight and more precipitation might be out of human control, however, fighting off seasonal depression with a healthy lifestyle is not.
The Mental Health Clinic, the Health and Wellness Center and the other entities are here to provide a stronger training montage than a “Rocky” movie.
Staying active physically and socially is the first step toward preventing the onset of seasonal depression. Even the most active individuals can still succumb to these effects, and Ramstein has services to provide a solution.
“Prevention is the best treatment,” said Tech. Sgt. Arin Aviles, 86th Medical Operations Squadron mental health clinic NOCIC. “Depression can affect anyone, and we want our community to know we offer resources to conquer it.”
Identifying the onset of depression is also critical in treating the condition. Noticing and then notifying care providers is crucial for resiliency.
“We highly encourage all members to embrace the resiliency model by taking care of their physical, spiritual, social and mental health rather than spending time alone and being inactive,” Aviles said. “If a decline is noticeable in these pillars, it may be time to seek help.”
The mental health clinic is not the only option for treatment either. Ramstein offers a handful of services to help alleviate this issue.
“We not only have services available here at our clinic but there are counselors available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, military and family life counselors, the chaplain and a 10,000-lux lamp that simulates daylight available at the Health and Wellness Center,” Aviles said.
Utilizing available resources to overcome life difficulties is important. Having providers available is also important.
“Accommodating as many people as possible is always our goal,” said Sarah Clum, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron health and fitness specialist. “Providing services to overcome these life obstacles is necessary for a successful and thriving workplace.”
Seasonal depression may not impact everyone, but for those it does, it can be difficult to get over. Thankfully, with the dedication of the health professionals here, Airmen have the tools they need to lace up their gloves and go 10 rounds, leaving seasonal depression to deal with its own health issues.
To learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle and once again rise to the top, contact the Mental Health Clinic at 479-2390 or the HAWC at 480-4292.