Lack of Vitamin D causes SAD (Season Affective Disorder) in some people By Casey Linsenbardt

As the fall season has approached, the days seem shorter due to day lights savings time. Although many students are happy with a gained hour of sleep, others dislike how the sun begins to go down by 5:00 P.M.

SAD, also known as Season Affective Disorder is common at this time of the year. SAD, according to the Mayo Clinic, is “a type of depression that’s related to changes in the seasons”. SAD is commonly assumed to be most prevalent in the fall and winter seasons, but it can surface any time of the year, due to where people are in correlation to the hemisphere. Other factors can occur too when doctors want to diagnose someone who may have SAD. 

According to “Psychology Today,” 10 million Americans suffer from SAD; and, women and more likely to suffer from it than men. 

The leading cause for people to have Season Affective Disorder is due to a lack of Vitamin D. The shorter days result in people having more fatigue during the day. The key reason scientists have pieced together to reach this result is because waking up early while the sun is still down is mentally tiring. The body produces a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is produced deep in the skin from receiving Vitamin D naturally from UV rays in the sunlight. If one’s body does not receive enough Vitamin D, this hormone is not produced, causing a person to have a non-regulated mood. 

“I hate when the weather is all rainy and gloomy outside during school, it makes the day feel two times as long,” said senior Kendalyn Hall.  

“Season Affective Disorder is a very common disorder you do not hear about often,” said Dr. Steve Linsenbardt. “Most people hear about it in Alaska due to their dark days, but it is still common here in Jeff City. Most commonly we will prescribe a medication for our patient to treat SAD and schedule a check up to follow up on their progress. This way we know if we need to adjust or try something new.”

Studies have shown that heat and extreme rainfall made anger arise greatly to many people affected with SAD. If a person lives in an area with little rainfall, they are more likely to become frustrated with a downpour of rain, and are less likely than if the day an average dry day, like the community is used to. Unexpected weather has lead to greater frustration with those with SAD. 

“I really dislike bad weather,” said history teacher Coach Mark Ordway. “It ruins me being able to do the things I wanna do. My least favorite weather is cold, rainy, and snowy. It affects my mood I would say.” 

Season Affective Disorder is a disorder that is worldwide. It has various cures. Due to modern-day technology and medicine, it can be alleviated quicker than in the past. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, people with SAD can make lifestyle adjustments like getting outside more, exercising more, and making their living environment sunnier and brighter to remedy SAD. 

 

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