Now that fall is finally here, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder. Many people love this time of year; it’s perfect for hot chocolate, bundling up, carving pumpkins, and many other fun activities related to this season. However, in the Midwest (which is where I’m from), the changing of the fall and winter seasons brings on cold weather, snow, and other not-so-fun activities. Although many people enjoy the seasons, for some this change can bring on a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder.
SAD is a type of depression that affects many people in the fall and winter months. It is usually short-lived and is alleviated in the spring and summer. This can be treated with anti-depressants and therapy just like any other depression, but SAD can also be treated in some instances with light therapy.This type of therapy works with chemicals in the brain and reduces some of the symptoms.
The Scientific American wrote a blog post on SAD. It goes into the technicalities of seasonal depression and how it works with the brain; it talks in terms of specific animals as well as other mammals. To learn more about the scientific aspect of seasonal depression, click here.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is just one of the many different types of depression and can happen to anyone as the changes in seasons come about. This fall and winter be aware of the feelings and thoughts you are having as well as others. If you see these symptoms, don’t ignore them and don’t be afraid to get help.