Seasonal affective disorder is a form of clinical depression, and the two seasons that affect people negatively the most is Fall and Winter. This makes sense even in terms of the environment, because in many parts of the world, the natural environment gets bleak, cold, grey and snowy. Bad weather can motivate a person to act moody, aggressive, or abnormal.
What kind of psychological effects can be caused by fall and winter weather? Well, the most common is boredom. When it’s snowy, too cold or raining, we often stay in and are limited in what we can do. This can lead to all kinds of negative thought patterns, which does not allow our thoughts to “breathe” and relax. Being locked in at home is a way of making our thoughts also feel cold, isolated and even irritable. Also, who can forget that cold weather inspires drinking to stay warm or pass the time – a pastime that many alcoholics may fall victim to unfortunately. And finally, the celebrations. Many people have multiple celebrations from October to January from all kinds of cultures, religions, and beliefs. However, these parties may include drinking, partying, and settings that may trigger a relapse.
Depression is often associated with drug use because sufferers will try anything to numb the pain of depression. As a result, Seasonal Affective Disorder can sometimes lead to addiction, the development of additional mental health disorders, and even suicide. If you or someone you know goes through depression during the winter-holiday season – please reach out and talk about it. You can make a difference this season – and save a life.
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