Sadness Everywhere: Coping with seasonal depression

Francis Armendariz, Junior Staff Writer

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As the seasons change, the sun sets sooner and the days get shorter, the darkness of the world becomes more profound. Even if it is due to bad weather blocking out the sun or the early onset of night, seasonal depression can affect anyone throughout the seasons. It can be classified through emotions such as a feeling of gloom and depression, losing interest in activities that were once interesting, having low energy, or having suicidal thoughts. If anyone is having suicidal thoughts do not be afraid to seek help before it is too late. Typically when the effects of seasonal depression set in during fall or winter seasons the symptoms include oversleeping, cravings in carbohydrate-heavy foods, weight gain, and tiredness or low energy. When the depression sets during the spring or summer seasons the symptoms include but are not limited to insomnia, poor appetite, weight loss, and agitation or anxiety. There are available treatments for seasonal depression such as phototherapy, the use of special lights in an enclosed space to reintroduce light to the body, medications such as antidepressants, and psychotherapy, a therapy which can help relieve stress or pent up emotions.