If you are a person who is blessed to live in a state that has every season in high functioning rotation, then it will probably be no surprise to you when I mention “seasonal depression”. You would probably nod your head if I started saying things like “when the days get shorter with daylight I become more irritable. Or, it always feels like I am going to work when it is dark and coming home when it is dark.” Then, I am sure there will be a few that will disagree if “seasonal depression” is a real thing. Those that disagree may make statements that sound familiar to you such as, "you're always so happy, there is no way you are depressed. Or, You're only depressed because you are bored." Generally, these statements are just because that person has a lack of knowledge. Often times, they really don't know WHAT they are saying and need education on why you appear happy on the outside, but on the inside you are fighting a disorder that affects you personally. Also, keep in mind that seasonal depression can also occur in the spring to summer months.
I suffer from seasonal depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Usually it starts about Mid-October and lasts until Mid-February. There have been years where I could treat it so it doesn’t affect my daily life and others, well not so much. It is always a witty game on if it will affect me that year or not. When I first started to see the symptoms displayed, I, like most others, swept it under the rug and chalked it up to just being something that happens to everyone. Then, my dad died. That event coupled with seasonal depression sent me in a downward spiral that sent me in a catapult to an unknown area I was just brushing under the rug.
For those that aren’t aware of what kind of symptoms you could have during seasonal depression, let me list them for you below:
In an effort to remain as honest and open as I can. There is not one day during any or all of the years that I have had this disorder, that one or all have happened to me. Let me be the first to shre with you, feeling helpless in your own body is not something that I would want my worst enemy (if I had one) to experience.
If you think that you may experience some or all of these things, at any part of the year, seek help. Do not be ashamed, it is more common than you will realize.
Treatments for seasonal affective disorders usually are treated with anti-depressants, increased exercise, well-balanced diet and if needed, a light box. I haven’t had the pleasure of using a light box but I have made an effort to go to the tanner a few times a week just in the months that the depression occurs. Yes, I am aware of the factors of skin cancer, no, I am not going to stop mildly going to the tanner. Everything can be radical and bad for the body, however, if a person treats the situation with care, the possibility of skin cancer happening is minimal.
Living life from an active approach to treat those things right as they come up, makes for a better result. I have learned a fine lesson of asking for help and finding the right people to help me for the situations or problems that I attempt to climb myself out of. It is a truly humbling experience to know that the help is available should a person (sometimes make themselves) reach out their arms for help.