Does anyone else get depressed in the winter?

United States
November 18, 2008 7:30pm CST
I don't know if it's just me, but I get so depressed in the wintertime. I find that it takes everything in me to just get up out of bed in the morning. It's like I'm hibernating like a bear. When my friends call me to go out socially, I make up excuses as if I had other plans. Anyone feel the same or have some advice?
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• United States
19 Nov 08
its called seasonal depression, so weird, some people get so sad in the winter time, one of my good friends has it and this past winter i made her not eat and sit on the couch and get all moody, and she feels so much better now, and stayed fit through the winter. just keep distracted, learn to love the winter for its good aspects, minus the commute to work in the snow.
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• United States
19 Nov 08
Thanks a lot for the advice. I will try that. It's just hard to keep distracted these days. I guess I'll just have to figure something out. Thanks again!
@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
20 Nov 08
Just in the beginning, the middle and at the end. Being cold is about the only thing that makes me grumpy. I don't stay in bed, but I hoover over the heater all day and I don't like go out much.
• United States
20 Nov 08
Thanks for sharing!
@diillu (5128)
19 Nov 08
I totally totally hate winter. It's not that I get depressed but I find so less thing to do in winter and the idea of getting stuffed up is the one I totally hate so much. Getting stuffed up, staying inside to get warm, getting less chance to get out of the house when I totally love stayin out of the house. I really really totally hate winter and I totally love summer.
• United States
19 Nov 08
I agree the summer is amazing. Thanks for sharing!
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
19 Nov 08
The seasonal disorder that Julianna mentioned is oftentimes treated with light. There are special lamps that are sometimes prescribed (I can't remember what light frequencies are supposed to be best for this). Perhaps just making sure you sit in sunlight coming through a window some each day would help. I have felt a similar depression, especially when I didn't work. However, that was a time when I was holed up in the dark house because my husband has everything arranged to where the shades are difficult to get to. That is one reason why I would like a bright, sunny room to sit in during the winter if I ever get a different home.
• United States
19 Nov 08
Maybe you are right. Maybe I just need more sunlight. Otherwise I just want to sleep all day. Thanks for the advice!
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• United States
19 Nov 08
Naaah, I love the winter. As a child it was always the most fun time of the year (next to summer of course). The only reason I would hate the winter is because of how cold it gets, I'm a warm kind of person, and I could always solve that with a bedside heater and extra blankets Back when I lived in Oklahoma, Tulsa we'd get at lese 5 feet of snow every year... god sledding times there.
• United States
19 Nov 08
Oh my goodness! I would just die if we got that much snow in Nashville. The only good thing about snow is how pretty it is and how it used to get me out of school when I was younger
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• United States
21 Nov 08
Getting depressed in the winter, is called SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a clinical condition. Basically, some peoples' brain chemistry is suseptible to changes in the season, due to the reduced amount of sunlight in the winter months. Some good tips are to get exercise, buy a light lamp(phototherapy) and be around family and friends. www.akronpsychiatry.com