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November 3, 2009 - Jennifer Brookens
I haven't been very happy lately. Neither has my husband. Nor my children. Nor several of my friends.
Is this yet another sign of H1N1? Actually, I think we can honestly blame it on the weather. The cold and wet October left us with nearly three weeks worth of gray, cool, overcast days. And there honestly IS such a thing as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. I know some people write it off as a bunch of whining, and state it's mind over matter. I used to be one of those people - until I moved to Minnesota. It never fails, we get a gray stretch, I get into a funk. Even though I logically know what is happening, it doesn't make it that much easier. But knowing that, I try to stock up on more Vitamin D, try to keep active, busy and accentuate the positive (the key word here being TRY! It's always easier said than done.) And when that sun finally breaks through, I'm out there!
What is important to remember is that SAD is a legitimate form of depression, and can vary from mild to severe. For those who are feeling that depression trifecta of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness, it's time to seek help. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, but a show of determination and willingness to overcome. And there is good news: despite how dark are dreary things may seem, depression is easily treatable. It's much like ignoring an infection that can easily be treated with antibiotics; why suffer needlessly?
The sun always comes back out eventually.
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