Watch out for winter depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is on the rise again due to shorter days and lessening light. Often people who are otherwise happy folk find themselves depressed this time of year and have no idea why. They may blame themselves, cracking up the feelings as their own grumpy attitude. However, it is important for people suffering from SAD to recognize it for what it is and get help accordingly. The following article from CNN World Weekly discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder and gives some practical ways in which to combat the winter blues:
When the days start getting shorter and colder, and the nights longer and darker, many people start to suffer from winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) We outline some strategies for dealing with those winter blues.
It might seems like curious advice, but for many sufferers the effects of SAD are greatly exacerbated by the fact that they just can’t understand why they feel so darned miserable, and blame themselves for their grumpiness rather than a genuine mood disorder.
Thanks, however, to the pioneering work of U.S. doctor Norman E. Rosenthal — who coined the term SAD in 1984 — it is now widely acknowledged that winter depression has a sound medical basis, involving changes in the body’s mood centers brought on by shorter daylight hours and a lack of sunlight.
If anyone accuses you of being a surly misanthrope between the months of November to February, you can justify yourself with words to the effect of: “Sorry, but I’m suffering from a biochemical imbalance of my hypothalamus triggered by a melatonin deficiency in my pineal gland. So get off my back!”