Beating the “Winter Blues”

It is not new to learn that weather like ours can make people feel a little down in the dumps. Most days it can be difficult to remember what the sun feels like. A lot of us would brush this off as the “winter blues” but it could be more than that. There is a disorder out there known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short. Whether it was a clever accident on the acronym part, it is very fitting. For the winter depression symptoms usually start in the fall and continue through our never ending winter months. Some have the opposite and get this during the spring and summer but in either instance, the symptoms start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Some of the winter-onset SAD symptoms include: depression, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. It is completely normal to have “off days” but if you feel down for days at a time, you may need to consult a doctor. Thankfully, our Student Health and Counseling Services are here for you. They have on campus services and can help refer you to other places if necessary. You can set up an appointment by phone or just stop by the Marcovich Wellness Center room 1729 and they will be there, ready to help. They offer things like individual and group counseling and a resource library for physical and mental health needs. Don’t let winter get you down, there are people there to help you.

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