Seasonal Depression

As the sun starts shining and the weather improves, so do many people’s moods. Many wonder why this change occurs at a certain season each year.  

“I would say that seasonal depression is the reason for the depression during winter months,” junior Felix Galan said. “Once it starts getting nicer out many people just feel way better and reborn.”

Although, not everyone is aware of what seasonal depression is.

Many people suffer from seasonal depression. Seasonal depression is scientifically called seasonal affective disorder. It’s described as a mood disorder that usually brings depression that occurs around the same time every year. Winter is a popular time that people start to struggle. As people lose daylight, it can take a toll on their mental health.  

“Seasonal depression is a deep sadness that comes and goes with the seasons,” junior Brittney Beach said. “It varies from person to person on how bad it is.” 

“It makes me irritable with a deep sadness and leaves me longing for something better.”

Now that spring has come, many people have noticed a change in their mood and well-being.

“The change in the weather has increased my mood quite a bit,” Beach said. “I already have more energy than before and I’m way less irritable and more positive.”

Although some people do not experience the dread that comes with seasonal depression, they know how important it is to be aware. 

“I don’t experience seasonal depression but I do know that it’s serious,” Galan said. “I have people close to me who experience it and I see the harm it can bring. I know that it’s important to be aware of. I always try to help those around me who struggle with it by just encouraging them to do fun things inside and make the most of it.”

There are treatments and ways to get through the long winter season. They help by lessening the severity and the sadness that occurs. 

According to clevelandclinic.org, there are three simple things that can be done to combat seasonal depression. One is trying an exercise program. This can help produce good brain chemistry. Creating social situations can help motivate yourself and be engaged in other activities. Finally, using light therapy. Daily light therapy can help improve mood in 60 to 80% of people with seasonal depression. It’s basically a device that contains white fluorescent light tubes covered with a plastic screen that blocks UV rays. It can help you have more energy.

“I’ve heard of treatments that consist of types of therapy,” Galan said. “I know light therapy can help and sometimes even medications. Talking to someone can really help so you don’t bottle all your feelings inside. Also, I think it’s important to practice self-care.” 

Now that it is officially springtime, there are so many ways to enjoy the nice weather. 

“You can enjoy nice weather anyway really,” Beach said. “You can just sit on your porch or go on a walk. You even can just go look at the clouds.”

Beach shares personal advice on how to get through seasonal depression. 

“My advice for people who struggle with seasonal depression is to look forward,” they said. “Recognize that what you’re feeling isn’t permanent and that brighter days are coming. Once they’re here go enjoy them and soak up in the sun.”