Will winter ever end? As the cold weather continues, it becomes more and more common: students get bogged down, discouraged, confined, and even depressed. This may cause students to sleep and eat more than normal, and they might get down about life in general.
Cabin fever can affect all of us, and it's natural. But according to physicians, winter can bring on a seasonal form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a form of depression that, according to media sources, affects roughly 15 million Americans. SAD is mainly due to a lack of sunlight. The main symptoms include oversleeping, overeating, weight gain, and withdrawal from society. These are very similar to the symptoms caused by depression.
If the winter blues have gotten you down, you might try these helpful suggestions:
Remember not to take your negative feelings out on other people, so be careful when venting to friends or confronting your floor mates about issues. Realize that these feelings will not last forever. Warmer weather will be here before you know it!
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