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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is said to peak in January. The third Monday in January has been dubbed, “Blue Monday”, the “most depressing day of the year”.
The idea of a specific day being the most depressing day could belittle mental illness according to this article, because feeling “down” is not the same as experiencing depression.
According to this article, approximately 35% of Canadians report experiencing the “winter blues” and another 10-15% have a mild form of seasonal depression.
“Blue Monday” is not backed by science, it was a term coined by a publication more than a decade ago, but psychologists do not feel it is factually based. Depression and SAD are real conditions and require proper treatment. The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder stem from symptoms of clinical depression.
The signs and symptoms of depression can include:
A study conducted at the University of Vermont looked at different types of treatments for SAD, where participants had treatment with behavioural cognitive talk therapy and spent 90 minutes two times per week with a therapist while the other participants had treatment using light therapy for 30 minutes every morning. Both proved to be effective options.
According to information from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, depression is a complex mood disorder that is caused by various factors and, although it can go into remission, it is not something that people can just “get over”.
Depression can impact a person’s ability to perform his or her day to day activities and to perform the duties of his or her occupational duties.
The idea of “Blue Monday” may be seen as some to trivialize depression but some may see it as a way to open a discussion about mental health which could be helpful in helping to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.
Next week, a Canada wide mental health awareness day, Bell Let’s Talk is taking place on January 25, 2017. Stay tuned for our next blog post to learn more about the importance of mental health awareness, why we participate and how you can participate.
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