How to help combat seasonal depression


  The change of the season can make or break your mental health. According to, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a branch of depression that correlates to the change in seasons every year. Around ten million Americans are affected by seasonal depression.

  Fall and winter seem to have the most negative effect on people. Symptoms related to these seasons are oversleeping, weight gain, low energy, and changes in appetite. A big factor in the cause of SAD during these months is a reduced level in sunlight.

  Spring and summer also affect people’s moods. The symptoms can include trouble sleeping, poor appetite, weight loss, etc. Some ways to cure your seasonal depression is going outside and being in the natural light.

  Sunlight can have many positive effects on your body. Such as providing vitamin D for your body to function. If there is no sunlight you can opt for light therapy. Light therapy is an artificial way to get the light your body needs to upkeep and treat itself. 

  Senior Kiara Martinez revealed, “Sunlight does have an effect on my mood. Sunlight typically makes me more ready for the summer months.”

  SAD can be self-diagnosed most times. When feeling down for a long period of time, you should make an appointment with your doctor. If you are experiencing a change in your sleep schedule and or appetite, then you should definitely consult with your doctor. Your healthcare provider can supply you with information and ways to better yourself. They can give supplements of vitamin D or may even prescribe antidepressants. 

  Junior Dylan Ottens states, “During the winter seasons I do tend to get moody and this affects me and my attitude towards everything.” He states that he tends to procrastinate more about getting stuff done and has no motivation.

  Watching your SAD and any mood changes during the seasons are crucial. Letting this get out of control and not treating it can lead to more serious problems.