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by Brittney Schrick - January 20, 2017
I'm not a fan of winter. It's cold. It's dreary. The days are short. It's dark when
I leave the house in the morning to go to work, and it's dark when I get home. I tend
to feel kind of bummed out about life in general, and I don't really want to do anything.
That is not how I typically feel about life. I just don't feel quite like myself in winter. I
have a tendency to snap at my family and then feel guilty that I snapped...which might
make me cry. I also have felt out of control of my emotions and couldn't figure out
why I felt or acted this way.
I've never really liked winter, but about two years ago I figured out that I had all
the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). We had a particularly hard winter that year. Lots of days out of school. Lots of
time spent at home with my family with nowhere to go and the same old stuff to do.
You may refer to it as Cabin Fever or the Winter Blues, and for you, that may be all
it is; however, if you are feeling this way, and nothing you do to alleviate it seems
to be helping, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder too. SAD is a type
of fairly common type of depression that is linked to a particular season, often fall
and winter (though some people experience it in summer), which causes fatigue and
feeling moody or down.
Although women are more likely to experience SAD, anyone can develop the disorder.
It is most common among people who live far from the equator, people between ages
15 and 55, and people have a close relative who has experienced the disorder. Though
causes are not completely clear, it is most likely caused by lack of sun exposure
and/or a disrupted sleep-wake pattern due to seasonal changes in the length of the
day and how this affects your brain chemistry.
If you have noticed that you feel droopy and drained during the same time each year
and that your mood improves when the seasons change, you may be experiencing Seasonal
Affective Disorder. Think back over the last several years, and if you notice that
you have had mood difficulty during the same time period for at least two years, it
may be worth investigating further into potential prevention and treatment. Keep in
mind, everyone's brain is different, so you may not experience all of these symptoms,
and the severity of symptoms may vary from year to year.
(NIH: National Institute of Mental Health via MedLinePlus.gov)
If you think you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder and it is interfering
with your ability to cope with daily interaction, work, or family responsibilities,
visit your doctor. They may refer you to a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist,
or they may suggest using an anti-depressant medication, light therapy, or a combination.
If your symptoms don't quite fit SAD, but you just feel bummed or fatigued, here are
some ideas to perk you up:
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047
UAEX Mindfulness Resources: http://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSFCS70.pdf
UAEX Nutrition Resources: http://uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/food-nutrition/eating-well/