Winter Depression

Megan Mullins, Business Manager

With an average of 4% to 6%, and another 10% to 20% suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD there is a chance that you or a loved one around you may be affected with this mood disorder. SAD can cause depression and symptoms of depression during certain seasons of the year, the most common being the cold harsh months of winter. With the bitter months being here SAD is in full swing. Here are just a few tips on how to keep those serotonin levels up while temperature goes down.

Keeping warm is essential as maintaining toasty can decrease that winter depression by almost half. Yet temperature does not have everything to do with it, make sure you stay active, go outdoors and enjoy the sunlight. If the outdoors is not a place where you feel comfortable or if finding time to enjoy fresh air does not fit into your schedule there are in home devices that act as a substitute such as a sunlamp made specifically for SAD. Supplements are also an essential part to helping fight those winter blues. Vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, and 5-HTP all raise those desired serotonin levels.

SAD is all around you even if you are not affected directly, if you see someone struggling reach out and try to get them the help that they need.

Bella Pelath a Junior at MCHS said “I struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and everyday I take the steps that I need in order to ensure that it does not take over the life that I have the desire to live.”

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