'Seasonal Depression' IS Real And It IS Valid

'Seasonal Depression' IS Real And It IS Valid

It's so much more than being in a weird funk.


Around this time of year, you may feel yourself start to slip into an increased state of irritability or sadness when the weather gets cold. Many people notice a change in their personal well-being towards the end of the year, and recently I've heard talk all over the campus of "seasonal depression."

This phenomenon is actually called Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka SAD... I know, ironic), and you guessed it, it's directly linked to changes in the seasons. According to Mayo Clinic, most people with SAD start to experience symptoms in the fall and they continue on into the winter months. These symptoms include a huge decrease in energy levels, moodiness, change in sleeping patterns and appetite, and loss of interest in regular routine activities.

As I said, I've heard countless friends and students on campus speaking about their experiences with seasonal depression. It's especially common with college students, who are bogged down with the stress of exams and end-of-semester work at this time of the school year. Although SAD only affects 4-6% of Americans, I can see many examples of symptoms within my peers.

Personally, I could see how easy it is to fall victim to dealing with SAD because I notice a complete change in my demeanor when the seasons turn. This school year has been especially hard, with school work and extracurriculars and a job - I noticed myself sleeping way more than usual and having less energy and motivation than I tend to have. I don't necessarily think it's severe enough to go see a doctor, because the feelings usually go away after a few days

Once I get past the end of this semester and have some time to breathe, I think I will feel a giant weight off my shoulders. Unfortunately for those suffering from SAD, sometimes it's not that easy; after all the holiday festivities fade away, they're left with the cold and dreary background of the winter. There are ways to lessen the impact of SAD though: light therapy, meditation and yoga, essential oils, outdoor activities, and socializing with friends all help to contribute to making you feel better.

If you think you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, please go see a doctor or a mental health professional.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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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, until...you 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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