During Michigan's long, cold winters, some people experience "winter blues" or more severe seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms include low mood, lack of energy and increased sleeping and eating.
The most common pattern of SAD is depression in fall or winter with improved mood in the spring. But some people have the opposite pattern, with depression in the summer.
SAD is more common among people living in northern United States than in the south and more common further from the equator. Among Americans, it is more common in women than men.
If you experience low mood during fall or winter, consider talking to a counselor at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) about treatment options. Also, the Wellness Zone at CAPS has light boxes that have proven effective for SAD.
For More Information:
UM- Counseling and Psychological Services is students' primary campus resource for mental health services.
U-M University Health Service provides medication management of common mental health issues.
Winter Survival Tips offers fun things to do in winter.
MI Talk is a website for U-M students with mental health resources such as online screenings for depression and anxiety, skill-building tools, and recorded workshops, lectures and relaxation exercises.
CampusMindWorks supports U-M students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder. This site provides information and resources to help students manage their illness and get the most out of their college experience.
U-M Mental Health Resources links to campus and local resources.
Resources for Stress and Mental Health lists additional campus, local and national resources.
Mental Health America on SAD