Category: Mental health
“Winter is coming!” This Game of Thrones line sets the perfect tone for how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is presented in late autumn. As people brace themselves for the winter months, writers show up in droves to discuss SAD and to arm readers with knowledge that may help them fight off its devastating blow.
Here’s the deal, though. Discussing SAD in late autumn isn’t nearly as impactful as discussing it when people are suffering through it. Although autumn articles on SAD may help people avoid it or deal with it to a lesser degree, the autumn months are overshadowed with pumpkin carving, hayrides, and apple bobbing and then, people fly right into counting blessings around the Thanksgiving table and decorating their Christmas tree, present planning, and sugar cookie extravaganzas. To put it simply, people often push off less than pretty articles when their world feels beautiful and right.
Now, when SAD is in full swing and people often need distractions the most, the onslaught of traditions, celebrations, and memory-making moments that define autumn and the starting line of winter have skidded to a halt. The jack-o-lanterns’ faces caved in on themselves. The Thanksgiving turkey is demolished.