Seasonal Affective Disorder

“A type of depression in which comes and goes in a seasonal pattern”

S.A.D is also known as “winter depression” as your moods do change regularly according to the weather and gloomier seasons. It is also a lot more servers during the winter periods, such as through December, January and February. It is a seasonal pattern due to it disappearing in the Spring and Summer time and then returning each Autumn and Winter in a repetitive pattern.

Symptoms can include:

  • Low mood
  • Feeling of guilt and worthlessness
  • Lack of energy
  • A loss of pleasure or interest in normal day activities
  • Stressed and irritable

Main treatments: Lifestyle measures – Natural sunlight, exercising and managing stress levels.

Personally, I have never been one to suffer from any sort of mental health issues. I have always been a worrier but altogether my head is very screwed on, I don’t let things get to me and although I stress, I am able to deal with it. But last week I was feeling extremely emotional and stressed, it was something I had never in my 19 (nearly 20) years of living felt before? I was finding myself getting overly stressed about University, friends, my health and not knowing what to do with myself.

Being at University can be a big strain on you mental health, you are away from what you know, alone, in a place you don’t really know and surrounded by people you have only known for 5 months. At times it can be hard, but I have never felt the strain I felt last week.

I have always been the type of person too, when I am feeling a certain way I will sort it out myself. When I am sad, i will socialise to make myself happy, when I am stressed I will work on what is stressing me out, but I was not able to do that this week. Although I organised everything for my friends and I this week, I finished my Winter 2017 video and found that I got a 2:1 in an exam I thought I had failed, I still went out of Friday night and came home early and alone crying my eyes out. The next morning I woke up and was thinking, what is wrong with me? I have never felt this before and I could not explain it. I was said and stressed but for what reason?

So on that note, I went home. I spent the weekend with my family and boyfriend, just trying to figure out while I was feeling like this. That was when I came across S.A.D. I have now realised it is normal to have bad weeks, it is not a bad thing and I should not be embarrassed about it. But knowing how to turn it around is what is important.

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