Seasonal Affective Disorder is Real

Seasonal Affective Disorder is Real

It's called SAD for a reason.

When the sun goes out in the winter, it almost feels as if our moods darken as well. You're lethargic, feel low, and just can't seem to get yourself out of this funk. You're not imagining things; you're feeling the winter blues.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as "winter blues", and "seasonal depression", is a depression that occurs the same season every year. It can happen any season, but it appears to be more common in winter. (

I live in northeast Maine, a very cold place, far, far away from the equator. I hate winter, which can last as long as six months out of the year (Maine weather is so comically unpredictable). When it's warm and sunny, I feel so carefree, brave, light, throwing my hair back. In winter when the sky is bland and the temperatures drop, I feel rock heavy, vulnerable, and less likely to leave my bed.

I already struggle with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression, which occur on their own schedules, regardless of the changing seasons. Every day I wake up, trying to keep my conditions at bay, but when you add seasonal affective disorder to the mix, I just want to stay all day in bed, sleep away the day, sleep away winter. Like the winter sky, darkness seems to last longer.

In winter, I feel so hopeless, bored, stir crazy, all at once. There's an emptiness that seems to linger for months, and I feel like I'm surviving day to day, rather than living and enjoying my days. I'm a grateful person and I know life can be worse, but depression really sucks, especially when it feels like it's on a seasonal schedule.

There's nothing we can do about the weather or how it affects us, but all I can do is tell myself that like my other conditions, the feelings will pass eventually and there's always something good every day. In the meantime, I take advantage of the indoors: cleaning, go through summer clothes I no longer want, listen to music, write. I gather up all the items and clothes I no longer want and donate them to thrift stores, and homeless shelters, because it feels good to let go of things I no longer need, feels good to give back.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Depression Isn't Taken Seriously Until You Commit Suicide

According to society, until you commit suicide, your feelings aren't valid.


"You're only seeking attention." Until you commit suicide.

"You just want everybody to feel sorry for you." Until you commit suicide.

"You're not actually stressed out." Until you commit suicide.

"You don't actually feel that way." Until you commit suicide.

"What do you even have in your life to be depressed about?" Until you commit suicide.

"You're just not trying hard enough to be happy." Until you commit suicide.

"You just like to complain about your problems." Until you commit suicide.

"Depression isn't real." Until you commit suicide.

"Your life can't be that hard." Until you commit suicide.

"You have too many good things in your life to feel that way." Until you commit suicide.

"You're just trying to be negative." Until you commit suicide.

"You're just psycho." Until you commit suicide.

"You don't know what struggling really feels like." Until you commit suicide.

"The world doesn't revolve around you." Until you commit suicide.

"It's not like it's the end of the world." Until you commit suicide.

"You're not actually sad." Until you commit suicide.

No one takes your depression seriously, commit suicide.

If this article hits home, it's okay to speak up. Seek help if you need it, you are not alone.

National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255

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