Seasonal Depression

Trinity Lancaster, Staff reporter,of%20people%20with%20bipolar%20disorder


It’s winter! The time to bundle up, play in the snow, celebrate upcoming holidays, all of these great things that can be cut short by the return of seasonal depression. Something that affects the majority of young adults as the temperature drops and the cheery mood of fall comes to an end. SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is often confused with something called the ‘winter blues’. You feel a little bit gloomier, maybe feeling like you don’t have enough energy to do simple tasks, this is the winter blues. Caused by the earlier departure of the sun each day, and the lack of sun early in the morning, but SAD is more than that. Seasonal depression is caused by a variety of factors, pulling in some of the same effects depression and bipolar disorder have on you. Such as having a lack of motivation to do even the things you love, low energy (despite if you sleep all day), appetite problems, recurring thoughts of suicide, feeling useless or agitaded, and a problem sleeping (insomia). These feelings and the lack of usually start to pick up around the last days of fall, and the beginning days of winter. When the sun decides to hide away, leaving us with a decreased amount of serotonin ( the “happy” chemical in our brains). About 3% of the population experiences SAD, and your chances increase if you have pre- existing severe depression or BPD. A good friend of mine, Raz Clayborne (10) says he wasn’t aware seasonal depression was any different from regular depression. “The symptoms fit me perfectly and I didn’t know it had to do with the seasonal change at all” he says. The majority of people are unaware of the same thing, but some of us are affected by SAD, and it’s important to know and recognize the signs. If you’re feeling any of these symptoms get it checked out by a doctor. Get the help you deserve, because you deserve it. The hope of it going away isn’t enough to make the change, you have to support yourself and reach out. I promise you this, you are worthy of happiness. Don’t let seasonal depression come around and ruin your fun.