Don’t be Sad about S.A.D.

Win­ter is here and the weather is chang­ing, and that could mean big changes on people’s psy­cho­log­i­cal state.

Ask your­self: dur­ing the win­ter months, do you suf­fer from depres­sion, anx­i­ety, change of appetite, or even with­draw socially?  If you have one or more symp­toms like this, than you may have Sea­sonal Affec­tive Dis­or­der (S.A.D.).

Despite how silly it might be to think the weather can lit­er­ally make you gloomy, this type of depres­sion can become a seri­ous prob­lem, lead­ing to thoughts in sui­cide, sub­stance abuse, and other prob­lems in your per­sonal life.  A few rea­sons for S.A.D. is reduc­tion in sun­light dur­ing the win­ter time, the shorter days and longer nights, and even hereditary.

If you have this form of depres­sion and need help, stop by at the UWS Stu­dent Health and Coun­sel­ing Ser­vices, located in MWC 1729 where you can set up an appoint­ment.  Also, try exer­cis­ing or going out­side in the sun­light to see if that will help, even if it’s cloudy.

Remem­ber, just because win­ter is chilly, it doesn’t mean you have to be S.A.D.

Michael Shaw — The Stinger
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