Living with Season Depression

Posted at: 04/23/2013 7:16 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Those warmer temps are much needed for one group of people, those affected by seasonal depression.

From scrapping car windows to bundling up in hats and scarf's, many have forgotten what spring feels like.

"I woke up this morning and looked out the window and I said, if it's the 23rd of the month, then it's almost Christmas isn't it?" said one Rochester resident.

"It stinks, I think we still might have winter in May," said another Rochester resident.

For some the grey winter skies are down-right depressing.

"It's got to be getting everybody in Minnesota down, doesn't it?" said a Rochester resident.

Making it an even tougher year for anyone coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

"Especially with the weather we've had lately, it wouldn't stun me to know a few extra folks are struggling this winter," said Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Dr. William Bobo.

He says the symptoms are much like depression.

"Sadness, lack of motivation, and intense overwhelming fatigue, also people tend to oversleep and eat," said Dr. Bobo.

He says treatment may include anti-depressants, or light therapy, but the best cure is of course spring and summer weather.    

Thankfully it sounds like spring is finally on the way.

"We're ready for spring that's for sure," said one Resident.

And hopefully the sun finally decides to come out of hibernation.

"I heard 60's and my daughter said, let’s get the boat out, I said I think there is still ice on the water," said another resident.

Seasonal Affective Disorder affects more than a half a million Americans every winter. The peak months are usually December and January.