Fighting the winter blues in spring

Fighting the winter blues in spring

Posted: Apr. 18, 2018 8:46 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - The prolonged winter dragging into spring may be frustrating to many.

Aubree Miles is an 8th grader that had school called off on Wednesday, and spent part of the morning shoveling out her driveway.

"I don't like the cold weather. I have to wear a coat, so I don't like it," Miles says.

To some, the change in seasons can be a serious health concern. Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that's related to seasonal changes and typically occurs around the fall and winter seasons, namely due to lack of sunlight.

Brandon Ward is a lifelong North Iowa resident, and while he doesn't have SAD, the extended cold is making him feel a little down.

"It's not summertime yet, so it's kinda like the animals, they're all out expecting the warm weather, and here we are; it's still snowing," Ward says.

He is also longing for sunlight, which makes him feel good overall.

"It makes me feel more alive. When the spring comes...I get prepared for myself," Ward adds.

For Miles, she feels that the cold weather makes the days seem much longer, and hopes the warm weather will change that.

"It does feel longer. It feels like...hot weather makes it feel more...like shorter days," Miles says.

Some factors that may increase the risk of SAD include a family history of the disorder, having existing depression or a bipolar disorder, and living further away from the Equator. Mayo Clinic says that if you or someone you know is showing complications such as problems at school or work, substance abuse, other mental health disorders or even suicidal thoughts, it is best to see a doctor right away.

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