Seasonal Affective Disorder During The Pandemic


What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a seasonal pattern of depression that affects an estimated 10 million americans. It tends to be around seasons with less sunlight like fall and winter, the most difficult months being January and February. This is caused by increased production of melatonin, a lack of vitamin D, and low serotonin levels.



This year is different from other years with the current pandemic. People are already suffering with depression due to less human communication and staying inside. Covid numbers are rising fast and people are feeling hopeless. Covid 19 has increased levels of anxiety and stress in the average american.

This years wave of Seasonal Affective Disorder will be amplified due to the pandemic. Seasonal Affective Disorder can be aided by social interaction and an increase in vitamin D. But with the pandemic these things are limited due to social distancing.


What you Can Do

Although this year will be more difficult there are still things you can do to lessen the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. A vitamin D supplement is one solution that may help with not being able to go outside. Watching your diet is a huge factor that can greatly affect your mood and productivity. Picking up a hobby can increase serotonin levels and take up some time.

This year may not be easy but if we stay motivated and we can get through it!