For me, winter is not the most wonderful time of the year. In fact, it’s the worst. The biting cold, the cloudy days, being stuck inside – every winter, I suffer seasonal depression. And I’m not alone. Almost 10 million Americans suffer seasonal depression, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder, each year. This is what you need to know.
1. It’s not funny.
Seasonal depression is not the reason for someone’s bad mood. “It’s cloudy so the boss is bitchy.” This is a severely false narrative. Depression is real and manifests itself in numerous ways. It’s nothing to joke about. It’s a serious health problem.