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People Starting to Face Seasonal Depression

As the days grow shorter and the months become colder, some people are anticipating an unwanted holiday stumbling block: Seasonal Depression. According to Dr. Steven Powell, psychiatrist for telehealth platform Hims & Hers, Seasonal Depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is described as “depression or depressive episodes that occur throughout specified times of the year, primarily in the fall and winter.”

Sydney Daniello, a resident of Arlington, Virginia, began preparing for SAD in September. Since her early teens, the 23-year-old has been struggling with “major shifts” in her mood around this time of year, even before she recognised what Seasonal Depression was. She detects behavioural changes in addition to mood swings. The depression she feels just starting into the holiday months is the crash people experience after the pinnacle of holiday cheer or after an exhilarating vacation.

Powell notes that the symptoms of Seasonal Depression disorder are similar to those of depression. People will experience the classic symptoms of poor energy, difficulties sleeping, changes in appetite, sluggishness, agitation, or sleepiness, and they will oversleep. Hopelessness and even ideas of self-harm are frequently present. Lexi King, 27, says she enjoys basking in the sun in her hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan, but SAD is “always on my mind,” especially as autumn approaches.

Knowing it’s just around the corner makes me look (for) the sun a little harder than usual. SAD, she says, is “depression with a cold twist.” Others who are preparing for SAD or who are already suffering from it have gone to social media to express their discontent with the impending winter blues. If you’re anticipating SAD, there are several things you can do to help prevent it. According to Powell, the greatest approach to avoid it is to prepare for it.

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