ISHPEMING, Mich. – With the colder temperatures, snow, and the pandemic keeping Yoopers inside, many suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.
26 percent of U.P. adults have a depressive disorder. With those diagnosed with S.A.D. experiencing symptoms of fatigue, feeling restless, a persistent anxious mood and suicidal thoughts or actions.
Great Lakes Recovery Center Therapist Ben Olson says, “”It’s important for a person to stay on top of their own mental state. They have to take responsibility for what is going to bring them joy this time of year. What is going to bring them joy in the winter time?”
Methods to combat S.A.D. are to stay engaged in any hobbies you might have, or to stay active and go out for a walk.
If you or someone you know is experiencing S.A.D. you can contact the Great Lakes Recovery Center here, or dial the suicide prevention line, 800-273-8255