No, it’s true! Those of you who know me, know that I’m allergic to the universe – trees, plants, grass, pollen, cats – you name it. I’m convinced that I might be better off living in a bubble – I would spend a lot less money on Reactine and Nasonex, which I’m on year-round. Anyway, I came across an interesting article yesterday in Le Journal de Montreal that I thought I’d share. I’m paraphrasing and translating here, so don’t take my word as gold!
Basically, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re twice as likely to suffer from mild depression. Symptoms present in those who suffer from allergies are similar to those of a cold, and can impact you both physically and mentally. Apparently, once your body reacts to allergens, molecules known as Cytokines send signals to your brain and these can provoke symptoms like mild depression, feelings of sadness, lethargy and fatigue. Holy smoke Batman! That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling lately, but I’ve also felt guilt-ridden because I assumed I was just going through an extreme phase of laziness! I am relieved to know that this is not the case at all. Damn allergies.
The mild depression that is felt by allergy sufferers is a side effect that is [possibly] generated by the medication(s) used to treat allergies, more than the allergies themselves. Who knew? According to researchers, allergies constitute a higher risk for mild depression. The study was based out of Minneapolis, but it wasn’t clear in Le Journal, who the exact source was.
Living in a bubble doesn’t seem so bad…. it might serve two purposes – keeping the allergies at bay, and preventing negative energy from infiltrating your Zenitude!