Weather and Blues


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I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but moved to London for three years. While I was there, I always remember my mother saying how she felt the weather terribly affected her mood, to the point where she often times felt down or different from how she usually was back home. I always dismissed this as being a myth since there couldn't possibly be any concrete proof to an abstract feeling. Aside from this, I never felt depressed or saddened by the constant rain engulfing London. In fact, I welcomed the change. 
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My roommate mentioned something similar this past Tuesday when it rained continuously. She felt the weather made it hard for her to even wake up that morning. Consequently, I decided to look into this in order to understand it better and try and find some validity in their arguments. I found a post in Psych Central regarding this phenomenon. It discussed various other scientists and researcher's point of view regarding the matter and ultimately came to the conclusion that there is a strong link between weather and humans' feelings. However, this is still a correlation and consequently more research needs to be done in order to prove it. 

  I found it interesting though, that there is an actual name for this feeling, it's called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and can happen to most people, specifically in the winter. Apparently up to 5% of the population of the United States can suffer from this. It seems, however, that these blues aren't caused by the weather itself but by the increase in both sleeping and eating throughout the winter months when the days grow shorter. Consequently, women who experience weight gain are twice and up to three times more likely to suffer from this disorder than men. After looking into this I definitely understand these feelings more. Nevertheless, I'll have to wait until winter starts in order to better asess the situation. 

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This reminds me of that condition that people suffer from when they don't have a lot of sunlight for parts of the year. This article claims that around 10% of Alaskans suffer from the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that you're describing. Personally, I love the winter-- but I don't think I could handle it for as long as these people do!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/national/18alaska.html

This reminds me of that condition that people suffer from when they don't have a lot of sunlight for parts of the year. This article claims that around 10% of Alaskans suffer from the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that you're describing. Personally, I love the winter-- but I don't think I could handle it for as long as these people do!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/18/national/18alaska.html

As someone whose emotions change with the weather like your mom, I think seasonal affective disorder is quite a diagnosis. Of course SAD is an extreme form of connection between weather and mood, but the prospect itself is interesting. When the weather gets cold and rainy in the fall, I often get really lazy and feel kind of "blah". While I know this isn't SAD, the idea is the same, just to a much lesser extent.

The one thing about SAD that you didn't mention that I personally find interesting is the idea of light box therapy. Light box therapy is used to improve the symptoms of depression associated with SAD. This works because the box emits light that is similar in nature to light emitted from the sun. Apparently, one reason that people begin to experience the symptoms of SAD is the lack of sun rays. The light box therapy is used in the morning to simulate the light from the sun that is no longer there to trick the body into thinking it's sunny out. More information on light therapy can be found in the article I found here.

Wow I find this relation between weather and mood interesting. I've heard many people blame their sad feelings on rain, but never thought that there could actually be a relation between the two. Up until now actually I didn't take those statements seriously, because I just figured that the connection between sadness and rain is simply an easy connnection to make. Therefore I just thought of it as an expression.

I also wanted to say that I am not surprised that S.A.D. is something that can happen to most people. I've actually heard of S.A.D. before because a Psychology teacher in my high school once mentioned it. I find it interesting how big of a role psychology is in life. I say this because our moods change with the weather as a result of unconscious thinking. We don't purposely change our moods because the weather changes, our moods change because subconsciously we think about weather changes. To get a better understanding of this, check out the link at the bottom of this post.

I think that this correlation between weather and mood does mean that "bad weather" causes negative mood change. However I think we should leave room for chance and realize that although "bad weather" could have the S.A.D. effect, there could be other variables that caused negative moods even in the experiments that scientists did while trying to prove S.A.D.

Link:http://processcoaching.com/unconscious.html

I also found some information on the S.A.D effect. It's completely horrible when the days are gloomy. It's always a downing effect for us. I specifically remembering a day during high school volleyball practice. The day before was sunny and we were all energetic. But the next day it rain and it just brought our spirits down. We felt like we lacked the energy and our coach let us out. It's amazing how the weather can change a person's mood. Not to force religion on anyone but I always see it as the rain being tears from Heaven...and when those in Heaven were sad..we would be too. But I digress! here's the link to the sad effect

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