Bye Bye, Seasonal Depression

Lucia Kamanousa, Staff writer

As the days lengthen and the flowers bloom, the moods of Carroll students seem to rise.

Seasonal affective disorder, sometimes ironically referred to as SAD, is a very common mood disorder characterized by depression that a person experiences each year with the change of seasons. This depression usually affects those in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year. Although seasonal affective disorders is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, many reject the idea that SAD is truly a psychological disorder and contend it is just an excuse to be moody.

One junior said she believed SAD was a credible disorder that should not be taken lightly.

“I believe that it is real because of the effects of the seasons and how the winter, for example, is usually associated with loneliness and sadness,” said Abigail Martinez. “This can lead a person on to feel like they are also aligned with how the weather presents itself.” 

Junior Rebecca Wallgren said the stress of the school year and the cold season were not a good mix.

“Honestly, yes, seasonal depression hit me like a truck this year,” said Wallgren. “Everyone says that junior year is going to be hard but I didn’t think it would be this hard. I’ve never been this stressed or overworked ever and I definitely felt the seasonal depression coming off of a great summer and into just the craziness of school.”

Although commonly affecting those during colder weather, seasonal depression can also affect those in the reverse.

“I experience it [SAD] all the time,” said junior Makayla Butler. “Especially when it’s warmer outside. I don’t know why, I’m just happier when it’s colder.”

 Sophomore Sarah Barrera-Cruz expressed her excitement for the warm weather.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the warm weather,” said Barrera-Cruz. “I’m so happy to not have to sit in a cold car in the mornings waiting for it to warm up and just be able to be outside more and enjoy the sun.”

Another student spoke about how the warmer weather was an indication of the seasons to come.

“I am excited about spring weather,” said junior Nancy Truong. “I love being warm rather than cold, plus it means that summer is coming.”