Seasonal Depression Strikes Again

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Seasonal Depression Strikes Again

Alex Vaughn, Write

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As you can tell by the change in color of the leaves, fall has begun. The temperatures are cooler and the sun sets before 5pm now and will continue to set earlier and earlier until December 22nd. As the sunlight lessens and the temperatures decreases more day by day, millions of people begin to feel depressed, become more sluggish and begin to withdraw themselves socially. People tend to eat more and sleep more when this time of year hits. This epidemic is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or more commonly known as seasonal depression, with over 3 million new cases in the U.S. every year according to the MayoClinic.

Seasonal depression has been hitting me hard and ruining my life for several years now. To me, winter is the season that I dread most because of how much I despise the cold weather, the early sunsets, and the endless layers of ugly clothing you have to wear to attempt to not freeze yourself to death. Ever since daylight savings happened, I have been exhausted. After school, I go straight home to sleep for hours after my second lunch for the day. Even on the weekends, it’s a struggle for me to even want to go out of my house anymore.

Seasonal depression is something that affects the lives of millions of people each year. The only thing we can do is count down the days until spring when these symptoms go on a hiatus…or head to Florida for a vacation.

 

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