Spooky Season presents: Seasonal Depression

Updated: Nov 5

Here we are again at that time of year where the sun goes down and the street lights come on earlier than they had been a couple weeks before. For some this signifies something exciting; the beginning of fall, beginning of the holiday season, and etc. For other this signifies something stressful; Seasonal Depression. For those of you new to the term and phenomenon, Seasonal Depression is a term used to describe the increase of negative emotions or feelings directly relating to the decrease in sunshine, decrease in temperatures, decrease in events and activities, and for some ultimately decreased social interaction. With most of the world still experiencing travel restrictions, high cases, and other daunting effects of COVID for a second Holiday Season in a row, that puts more of at risk for its development.

If you're wondering "well how would I know if i'm experiencing Seasonal Depression?" here are some symptoms according to the National Institute of Mental Health (*Symptoms must onset during the seasonal change):

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day

  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

  • Experiencing changes in appetite or weight (i.e. Overeating, particularly with a craving for carbohydrates)

  • Having problems with sleep (i.e over sleeping)

  • Feeling sluggish or agitated

  • Having low energy

  • Feeling hopeless or worthless

  • Having difficulty concentrating

  • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

  • Overeating, particularly with a craving for carbohydrates

  • Social withdrawal (feeling like “hibernating”)

How can I combat Seasonal Depression?

1. Therapy

As with regular depression, therapy for the Seasonal Depre