Checking In: The Importance of Supporting Friends with Seasonal Depression

J.T. Miller
4 min readNov 25, 2023
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As the seasons change and the days grow shorter, many of us find ourselves affected by shifts in mood and energy levels. For some, this seasonal change can trigger a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as seasonal depression. As we embrace the beauty of fall and winter, it’s important to remember that not everyone experiences this time of year with the same joy and passion. In fact, some of our friends may be silently grappling with the challenges that accompany seasonal depression.

Seasonal depression is a subtype of major depressive disorder that typically occurs at the same time every year, usually during fall and winter. The reduction in sunlight exposure during these seasons can disrupt our internal body clock, leading to changes in mood, sleep patterns, and energy levels. While it’s essential to be mindful of our mental health throughout the entire year, the colder months can be particularly challenging for those affected by seasonal depression.

There are also those who get depressed around the holidays. Whether it be because they are lonely, don’t have a good family life, or have lost loved ones whom they used to spend the holidays with, there are numerous reasons why people get depressed around the holiday season.

One of the most powerful tools we have to combat the effects of seasonal depression is the support of friends and loved ones. Checking in on our friends who may be struggling can make a significant difference in their well-being. It’s easy to overlook the subtle signs of seasonal depression, as individuals may try to mask their struggles or dismiss them as temporary blues. However, a compassionate conversation can provide a lifeline to someone who feels trapped in the darkness of their own mind.

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So, how can we be there for our friends experiencing seasonal depression?

Firstly, it’s crucial to educate ourselves about the symptoms of seasonal depression. Increased fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, withdrawal from social activities, and a noticeable decline in mood are common…

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