Seasonal Depression, Its Real


Alaina Yeager

When the seasons change, so do emotions. Lots of people get sad when it gets cold outside, but not too many people know why. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also commonly known as seasonal depression is a common thing in many people. 

Typically in the summer and warmer seasons, people spend more time outside. It is warm and easier to be active. As well as the pools being open, it is much more common to be outside enjoying the weather. Spending more time outdoors  and being physically active are both proven to help with depression. These are proven things that keep you happy and healthy.

Colder seasons, especially winter, tends to be a natural time for people’s emotions and mindset to change. Many people turn more inward, spending more time inside. Often this can lead to suppressed feelings to surface, such as grief, sadness, or anxiety. 

With the winter months, the holidays come along with it. The holidays can often be a time of high stress and can bring up lots of family conflict. The holidays can also be a time of great loneliness and grief for people who may have lost loved ones.

For the high school students who experience seasonal depression, we also have so much more on our plate. Dealing with homework and grades, work and sports, it’s a very tough time of the year.