Mental Health

Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Pandemic

As we get closer to the end of the year, and as days get shorter, seasonal affective disorders start to creep up on people.

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that is very common in the U.S. This type of depression comes for a few months each year, usually during the same time. The most common season for SAD is during winter, and can linger into spring or in some cases, summer. 

Having shorter and darker days cause brain chemicals that regulate mood, like serotonin, to drop, which results in SAD. Some symptoms include anxiety, loneliness, sleep deprivation, isolation, or fatigue. There are many ways to chase away SAD, and mostly self curable. Seeking therapy, or even purchasing a special lamp that stimulates the sun’s rays can help. 

The pandemic struck and this year’s SAD season is going to hit more people harder than the years before. Many of the sources to treating SAD are out of reach due to the pandemic, like going out, spending time with nature, and meeting friends. Quarantining oneself may be tiring, and it does not help cope with SAD.

Coping with yourself may help with SAD this year. Some ways are to seek lights, purchase a light therapy lamp, cook yourself something, or seek therapy.

Categories: Mental Health