We need sunlight

Summer has come and gone and now we are all preparing for the harsh winter of State College. The change in the weather can be an easy deterrent from students attending class and finding a reason to stay in their room to keep warm. But did you know that the change of season can lead to depression. Seasonal Affective Depression, according to  WebMD, is a form of depression where an individual emotions can vary from being sad, grumpy and anxious. Some other symptoms that are often associated with Seasonal Affect Depression (SAD) is a loss in appetite and loss of interest in activities one once found enjoyable.

seasonal-affective-disorder-2.jpgTypically occurring during the fall and winter months, many scientist suggest that this change in attitude and behavior can be due to lack of sunlight. There is evidence to suggest that the lack of sunlight have more of an impact that many would think of. For instance the lack of sunlight can throw off one's sleep patterns which can create an imbalance in brain functioning, especially in regards to the reproduction of serotonin.  

Another source suggest that the lack of sleep also affect the reproduction of melatonin, another imbalance in the brain. Melatonin is a hormone that increases levels of emotional lows in reaction to darkness.When the days begin getting shorter sooner, this hormone begin to reproduce more and leads to the depression we now know as Seasonal Affective Depression. 

Now knowing what Seasonal Affective Disorder is, do you think that you have ever experienced some of it's symptoms?


Seasonal Affective Disorder is definitely real because I get it in the winter. I'm always happier in the spring and the summer because the sun is shinning and the birds are singing. And in the winter it's just so cold and there are no bright colors. The endorphins in the sun just makes everyone happier. This website talked about a treatment that is "promising" to helping seasonal affective disorder: http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb06/sad.aspx

Sun is definitely an important factor when it comes to happiness. In rainy states like Oregon and Washington, there are much higher rates of depression.

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