Winter Blues

Friday, 7 November 2014

It’s no secret that winter brings out the worst in people, especially those with mental health issues. Constant low temperatures and like what, 6? hours of ‘sun’ a day can lead to ‘winter blues’ or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I’m no exception. 

After suffering with depression you become constantly aware of your emotions and how you’re feeling. My depression only began this year so this is my first winter dealing with it. I used to love the colder months, the build up to Christmas, pretty lights, snow, you name it, I loved it.

All I seem to do now is count down the days ’til spring. It’s strange how sunlight can effect us so much, I know I wouldn’t be so down if it was a bit lighter! 

But I’m not alone, I know that at least. SAD effects both genders and all ages, it is three times more common in women and is seen to effect more people in the 18-30 demographic then any other, which makes me the perfect suspect.

It’s been said that up to 20% of people in the UK will suffer some kind of ‘winter blues’ - with 2% of that having a stretch of good ol’ depression. 

The thing with mental illness is you can’t see it, it very rarely comes with physical symptoms. We just have to try and remember that everyone around us is dealing with something and just because you’re unable to see it does not mean it doesn’t exist. 

Having depression is about feeling numb. Even if something incredibly exciting were to happen, you wouldn't be able to be happy, you want to, you want to appreciate it, but you can’t. Obviously it’s the same story with being sad as well, you don’t get to feel that either.

People deal with it in different ways and I think it’s good to let people do things their own way. I like to keep myself busy when SAD hits, reading, writing, forcing people to hang out with me (soz guys), cleaning, shopping, even doing overtime at work, anything to keep my mind busy.

If you feel like you’re suffering from ‘winter blues’ or SAD then talk to someone, make sure there’s people around to support you if need be. If you don’t have that then there are sites such as Mind - which can tell you more about what’s going on in your head. Don’t be ashamed!

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