By CAROLINA SANCHEZ
It’s okay to be sad.
As the seasons change, emotions can change too. For some it is happiness that comes from California getting an escape from the heat, but for others it’s the beginning of their seasonal depression. Seasonal depression is clinically known as seasonal affective disorder which is defined as a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons—SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.
Depression can be all-encompassing and lonely. It can feel as if you’re stuck floating in space with no fuel to go anywhere. It can take form in not being able to get out of bed, feeling disconnected from friends and family, and constantly feeling nothing. But there are things that can lessen the symptoms of seasonal depression. Because depression can never be cured, it is just something that can be under control, almost like asthma.
Music, art, exercise and books are great escapes for some. Food and cooking can also help, but these are just used to numb the pain the same way a Tylenol numbs the pain of an injury. But just like the Tylenol, it can wear off and people are back where they started. When it gets so bad that nothing seems possible, maybe medicine can work. Antidepressants can help regulate mood and are a savior for many.
But suffering for depression does not just occur in small, California towns. Athletes like Landon Donovan, artists like Van Gogh, comics like Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and Peter Sagal and actors like Heath ledger and Winona Ryder all suffered with some form of depression. When you look up people with depression there is no definite pattern.
It is okay to be sad and depressed. You are not alone in your suffering and there will always be someone out there to help you. It’s okay to have bad and good days. It’s okay to seem lost, but the most important thing is that depression is recognized so that you can get the correct treatment. Take it from me, a person who suffered longer than she had to because she didn’t know what was happening.
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