Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized as depression that occurs the same time every year, usually being the holidays and winter months. Individuals who are at risk for depression have a greater chance of seasonal affective disorder impacting them for many different reasons like the changes in weather, the lack of sunlight during that time of year, or even stresses of the holiday season. Some symptoms of SAD include consistent feelings of depression, social withdrawal, fatigue or lack of energy, loss of interest in certain activities, or substance abuse.
Suicide rates do not peak during the holiday season, contrary to a prevalent myth in our society. However, people who are struggling with depression or mental health are at risk from struggling with suicidal ideation during this season of the year. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 988, is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.