Chance are, if you felt have more depressed than usual latley, are more fatigued, irritable, are sleeping more, have little motivation to do things, and are turning to comfort food, you may well have been feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The acronym SAD is an apt one. Usually the depression is within the mild to moderate range, but some people succumb to what is called major depression, in which the risk for suicide is greater. Those who suffer from non-seasonal depression or Bipolar Disorder may find their illness exacerbated during these seasonal changes. I am not aware of other weather patterns, but here in Virginia in the USA the weather is maddening; fluctuating between sunny and 80 degrees and snowy and 30 from one day to the next. For people with mental illness, this can wreak havoc on emotions. Luckily, today was a beautiful day full of blue skies, sun, and mild temperatures, however, Monday it is supposed to snow; yet again (it is APRIL!!) I’m certain there is a correlation in the rash of my peers’ depression and this hectic weather. I would tell them, fear not! The sun is coming, just hold on a bit longer; there literally is light after the dark.
Happy Easter to my Christian friends and happy Sunday to others! Whatever your beliefs, I think one thing that can be agreed upon is that this time of year is a sort of renewal; a rebirth if you will, of all things. I look out window and view dogwood and cherry trees bathing in sunlight; the flowers are beginning to blossom, as spring approaches with vigor. I am terribly sorry if you are having a difficult time; it is beautiful outside; there are great things in store. This can be taken as the light after the dark. Winter is very gloomy and depressing; I encourage you to enjoy the fresh air, get some sun (wear sunscreen), and enjoy the beauty at hand. Often, we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we ignore the beauty around us. Take advantage of it!