College of DuPage Nursing Student AndreaOjeda shared with Healthy Lombard that there are many things to enjoy during the fall and winter seasons. For example; you can enjoy watching the trees change color, have a fun hayride with the family, watch the first snowfall, and enjoy the holidays by spending time with family and friends.
But if this is true, why do I feel so out of it?…why don’t I feel more motivated to enjoy this time of the year?
Unfortunately, for many individuals, during the fall and winter seasons, a phenomenon is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD often occurs. You may be thinking; ‘funny right’? But as the leaves change color and the snow falls, so does our mood and ability to stay motivated oftentimes, making even simple activities, difficult. This may be enough to seriously impact our daily lives.
According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is when depression occurs during seasonal changes and has a beginning and an end-time period. For the most part, it is seen during the fall and winter months but some people may experience it in summer. Unlike depression, which is one year long, SAD only occurs during these specific time frames and is then is finished. This is what distinguishes it from actual depression but it is important to recognize that someone who has this because if not taken care of, it can lead to depression. Read more