Have these short days got you down? Ice and snow got you in the doldrums? That may be more than just Post-Holiday Depression and having to shovel snow off your driveway. It’s possible you’re suffering from what’s known as Winter Blues, or it’s more virulent cousin Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It’s unclear whether the acronym was intentional, but there’s no denying that it’s accurate. The American Psychological Association (APA) defines SAD as a pattern of major depressive symptoms during the winter months, followed by full remission when the seasons change.
If you have seasonal depression, be it mild or monstrous, you’re not alone. According to Mental Health America, roughly 5% of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal depression. The condition manifests most frequently in women ages 20-30, right when they’re trying to build a life for themselves.
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If you know someone who struggles with seasonal depression, remember to treat them with patience and understanding. If you are the person struggling, remember to offer yourself that same kindness. If you’d like to support an artist dealing with this all-too-common affliction, or just personalize your home with artisan glass work, check out Ravenwolf Creations by Maria Jordan.
Kristen Zachares, owner and founder of The Eclectic Chic Boutique.