Feeling Down? It May be S.A.D

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Your feelings may be based on the weather. Photo from veronicawalsh.wordpress.com.

Your feelings may be based on the weather. Photo from veronicawalsh.wordpress.com.

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Seasonal depression is the negative weather that sucks the positive energy out of the diagnosed person. The diagnosed person will experience misery, guilt and loss of self-esteem. There will be periods of mania of mood changes in the spring and summer. It is most common to have extreme loss in interest of daily tasks.

“In a given year, about 5 percent of the U.S population experiences seasonal depression,” notes mentalhealthamerica.net

“It’s easy to hide sadness for me because what others see as stupid humor or a dumb comment is me trying to hide the fact that I’m not okay at all.” Senior, Andrew Alford, said.  “I tend to not bother with holidays, but not because of any sadness, just because as cheery as I can be, it just doesn’t excite me anymore. Especially since most of the time those holidays are times people are getting, even christmas seems more like a ‘getting’ holiday to me than a ‘giving’, and I enjoy giving, but not getting as much.”

A study that was done by scientist for the website Mental Health America said that when dealing with Seasonal depression, also known as ‘S.A.D’ or ‘Winter Blues’, some people find that the reduced amount of sunlight affects an individual’s serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter of the brain that affects the mood of the individual.

“I do find that in the dark I tend to be calmer and yes, more sad, but it usually balances out with the peace from all of the loud shouting and awkwardness of being around people all the time.” said Alford. “I don’t like being around people, I find myself more alone when there are more people, so I tend to stick with hanging out with one to three friends at most if I can.”

Individual who suffer with this kind of depression also have coping methods. Some of the coping methods include: buying salt lamps, going outside for fresh air, winter activities to get rid of harmful ions in the brain, meditation, and sometimes yoga.

“You need some of the rays that the sun gives,” said Mrs. Jenny Oosterhuis, D. C Everest Senior High school counselor. “It’s a real thing, finding something fun to do like snowshoeing, walking, and shoveling. The lack of sunlight is hard for people.”

Exposing oneself to sunlight may curb the effects of seasonal depression for some, but for others it is not that easy.

“It’s part of psychology, not everyone finds psychology interesting or “fun”. But in reality, it’s a response in the brain that has been accepted as a mental disease that therapists work on weekly -even daily sometimes – try to help people overcome,” Alford said. “It’s their right to what they believe in, but they won’t waver my beliefs in it being real.”

Alford said that after he had a conversation with other students

After all I just got out of a conversation about how people still believe shots give kids autism, and how gmos can kill you. Neither of those are real and have been scientifically proven so. And depression has been accepted through science as well. So it may just be my opinion to some, but I believe in depression. And even if I could possibly be wrong and a huge group of scientists who spend their lifetime discovering these things on a daily are wrong in some way shape or form, at least I, just like them learned the truth. But one person can’t decide that just because what they say is real to them, should be real to me, only I can change my mind.”

 

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