As winter approaches, people feel the onset of seasonal affective disorder
Not everyone realizes that this is a real disorder, not just a case of the winter grumpies. This can make it extremely difficult for people who suffer from the disorder -- they are not always taken seriously. As days become shorter and nights become colder, those with SAD suffer more and more.
Several people who have SAD took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to share what it's really like to have seasonal affective disorder.
The anxiety of anticipating SAD is tough enough to begin with:
Having something you struggle with not be taken seriously or acknowledged can make suffering through it even harder:
Although it's cold, winter is a time of gifts and love -- not being able to enjoy that is depressing in itself:
SAD can separate you from things you otherwise enjoy:
It can be very damaging to open up to someone, only to be met with fear and confusion:
Setting small-scale goals for yourself could help you get through the tough months:
The disorder's acronym speaks for itself:
A depressive disorder doesn't only affect the person who has it -- it affects everyone with whom he or she is involved:
There's a huge difference between sad and SAD:
Positive thinking is always the way to go:
Just because you haven't been able to control your SAD in the past, doesn't mean it'll be that way forever:
It is possible to persevere:
For more on living with seasonal affective disorder, check out Whisper.
Need tips on fighting off that SAD? Check out the video below:
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