Lions' Digest Winter Issue 03 2020

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Over the past few months,

I’ve spent a lot of time

thinking about what life was

like before the pandemic. There

were so many days I chose to

spend my time at home when

I could have been out with my

friends-- oh the irony. While I

OP-ED

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE

DISORDER: HOW TO COPE

DURING A PANDEMIC

BY GRACE JONES

was stuck at home and trying to

figure out how to adapt to this

new reality, I learned two things:

how much I depend on my

friends and how FaceTime can’t

compare to seeing someone in

person. The pandemic has taken

away moments we once took

for granted, and for those who

thrive off human connection,

digital substitutes can’t compare

to these lost moments. Still,

where there is darkness, there is

light. For many, the outdoors

have been a place of solace

throughout these difficult times,

and the changing of seasons

threatens the addition of new

problems.

Each year when the days

begin to get shorter, the weather

starts to get colder, and nightfall

comes earlier and earlier, there’s

always a dark cloud hovering

over people affected by Seasonal

Affective Disorder (SAD).

Despite SAD affecting 5% of

the U.S. adult population, it

is still a misunderstood and

misinterpreted condition. While

it shares certain similarities with

depression, seasonal depression

differs in two main aspects:

it occurs at the same time

every year and is most directly

affected by the weather. For

people suffering from SAD,

social interaction is important

in navigating the additional

stressors put on them during this

time of year.

Junior Anastasia Figart has

experienced SAD firsthand and

found that the main thing that

helped her through was being

with her friends.

“They remind me that even

though it may be gloomy, these

days are exactly like the rest and

I shouldn’t let these shadows

hold me,” Figart said.

For her and the thousands

of people that are experiencing

SAD right now, this option has

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