If you find yourself feeling more down than usual during the winter months, you might be suffering from seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder can seriously disrupt your life and prevent you from enjoying activities associated with wintertime, including the holidays.
Although sadness is a normal part of life, most people find that their sadness comes and goes quickly, and is usually tied to a challenging life experience, such as losing your job or going through a divorce. However, sometimes feelings of sadness become more intense and last for an extended period of time.
When a loved one dies, we lose a job, or a relationship ends, most of us experience a degree of sadness, stress, and anxiety around this change to our everyday life. However, some people experience much more severe symptoms associated with negative life events than others.
More people suffer from depression than from any other mental health condition worldwide, and the United States is no different. Among people over the age of 18, about 16.1 million American adults, or roughly 7%, are affected by depression in a given year. With numbers like that, there’s a good chance that you or a loved one has experienced depression at some point.