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Seasonal Depression: the window of time is still on the calendar

What is seasonal depression and what are some tips to weaken the symptoms?
Summer and winter seasonal depression tend to have different symptoms.

SAD or Seasonal Disorder, more commonly known as seasonal depression, affects many people around the world. Seasonal depression is a very common occurrence in the United States with more than 3 million people on average being diagnosed every year. SAD is a type of depression that happens in a singular part of the year, usually most seen in the fall or winter.

Symptoms found within seasonal depression change based on the person. No symptoms are specific to one side of the spectrum.

There is no “cure” for seasonal depression but there are things that you can do to help. Medication can be an option, but many medications can have adverse effects on your mind and body.

Some other options include:

  • Going outside
  • Exercising
  • Counseling
  • Light therapy

Going outside in the sun tends to help winter seasonal depression because many people tend to feel cooped up in the house.

While seasonal depression isn’t “preventable” there are many ways to help weaken the symptoms. With some of the harsher winter weather and darker days being left behind in January, these treatment options are more easily attainable, but the season is still here. That being said, here is to a brighter February where our days are longer and our nights are shorter. 

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DeLaney Hagens
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DeLaney Hagens is a sophomore at MHS, and it is her first year working for The Auroran Today. She loves music, singing, drawing, and reading/writing.
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    Mrs. KeitelFeb 1, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    Another good article, DeLaney! Sadly, my mother suffered from depression before she passed. Thanks for the information.