With this winter recorded as being the warmest ever, at least in the US, partly because climate change, some of you may be sad that we didn’t get the white Christmas so sought-after. Well, for SAD people, the warmer weather might be a blessing. Here is what the seasonal affective disorder is about, and why people are sad in the winter.
El Niño and its effects on the weather
Even though this is the warmest winter recorded to date in some parts of the world, some American citizens at least will be overwhelmed by the furious weather changes brought on by El Niño’s persistence.
As it threatens to block out the sun behind a curtain of clouds and precipitations, El Niño will bring forth sadness and distress, wherever it may go. But probably not in the way you’re thinking.
SAD – seasonal affective disorder
The seasonal affective disorder, or SAD – for short, is a subspecies of depression, which like its parent, affects more women than men, at a ratio of 4 to 1.
Its symptoms manifest pretty much just like regular depression; what makes it different is that it has a time of the year when it wreaks havoc on the sufferer’s psyche.
The disorder is mainly brought on by the lack of a natural source of light. So, of course, during autumn and winter, people tend to be affected by the seasonal depression.
SAD is a combination of psychological and biological symptoms, like loss of appetite, sadness, low energy, depression, desperation, as well as a weird craving for carbs.
Most experts agree that SAD is dependent on the afflicted person’s internal clock. As we are generally used to getting a dose of sunlight when we wake up, it’s only natural that we feel different in the winter, when the sun comes out much later.
How to stop being sad in the winter
Some of the experts recommend either making time to go out in the sun for a bit before actually starting your day, and if that doesn’t fit in your schedule they recommend you find a light source as close to the sun’s natural light as possible.
Other experts recommend therapy, as well as other various methods of dealing with low-level depression – exercising, writing, eating well, talking to those close to you, and other methods.
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