January Blues

Reported by Kyra Bermudez

Every year students suffer from S.A.D. You may be asking what S.A.D. even is. It stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. For 40 years now, S.A.D has been recognized as a real disorder, being depression during certain seasons. It’s very common in a lot of people, even you may have it. But what does it have to do with our students here in January specifically? Well, that’s what this article is going to dive into.

To start, let’s define what S.A.D. even is.
Like Clinical Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depressive mood change, the main difference between the two being that S.A.D begins annually during certain seasons. Seasonal Affective Disorder can cause irrational behaviors such as loss of motivation, the feeling of being a burden, and cynicism.

Senior Hailie Rhodes demonstrates what students experiencing S.A.D. may be feeling.

How does any of this affect our students? Well, being in a depressive state causes students’ grades to drop, their social lives to become withered, and a loss in motivation. Although not year long for people with S.A.D., there is a noticeable change in mood and demeanor, giving a sense of lost motivation for school. This could result in students’ mental health declining. Of course, there are always our school counselors for students to talk to.

“January has been very busy, and we’re only halfway through the month,” Mrs. Stelter, one of our school counselors, has been talking to kids about crisis after crisis. “Students are coming off the holidays, so of course, there’s going to be some tension.” The counselors we have always try their best to comfort students who are having problems, and they leave an impact.

So, what can one do in dealing with ASD? We could try to branch students out to things that don’t just tire them out, like fun assignments or activities. Students can opt to join sports or clubs, things that can keep them away from just home. “I feel like joining dance has helped with feeling down during these colder months,” Leslie Castro, 9th grader, comments on. “There’s a lot of factors during January that can make it hard not to lose motivation, but the important idea is to make the best of it, no matter how hard it brings you down.”

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