Dark places: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Seasonal Depression)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as, seasonal depression, occurs only certain parts of the year just like it says. It usually occurs in late fall and ends in early spring. It’s one of the more common types of depression because of the time of year it occurs in. The winter months tend to be gloomy, cold, and wet, which in other ways can be signs for death or loss. The signs for seasonal depression are the more common signs, such as, fatigue, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. There aren’t many treatments for this form of depression, because it is only temporarily. Light therapy or just talking to others can typically help out a lot. For me, I’ve noticed that during this time of year, I’m typically more sad because of just how the weather is. Although it’s personally my favorite time of year, it does happen. From observations from social media and from past relationships I’ve formed or have, you can see the way people behave is usually different. For example, I had an ex who wasn’t very motivated to do anything around the winter months. He would stay in bed all the time. I would go over to his house a lot just to drag him out of bed to get stuff done. Whenever we would talk on the phone or text, he would maybe reply back a couple of times, because he was experiencing seasonal depression without either one of us knowing it till now. Seasonal depression can happen as any age, throughout your entire life. We sometimes refer it also as the “winter blues”. It’s important during this occurrence or time of year to not be alone because it can really effect you and your love ones based on your attitude/ symptoms. It’s okay to seek help. Although it’s temporarily, it still can make a difference. We also tend to be more tired and gain more weight. Instead of being super active as we usually are during the spring or summer months, our bodies conform to wanting to be inside more, doing things indoors, etc. It can also occur during the summer months, but it’s not as common as it would be during the winter months. Sometimes these are also caused my our levels of serotonin, melatonin, or our biological clock. Even some of the people I’ve gone to high school with, I’ve noticed picked up on seasonal depression without even realizing it. There are other signs of getting seasonal affective disorder, but the more common ones are above. If you or a loved one is going through something like this any time of the year, don’t be afraid to reach out. It’s healthier mentally and physically. For example, when I learned about this type of depression, I made sure I was more aware of my actions overall and how I was living my everyday life. To be aware of the way you are as a person, especially with depression, it’s always easier to make changes, rather than letting it drag on and on.

6 thoughts on “Dark places: Seasonal Affective Disorder (Seasonal Depression)

  1. Haven’t really thought about this but it is worth mentioning how different times of the year and these kind of external factors impact us. Knowing this about ourselves along with reaching out can really help us mentally prepare when that time of the year rolls around.

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