Seasonal depression memes (+ How humor helps)

This article will discuss how seasonal affective depression memes can help people cope with how they are feeling. For that, the article will explain what seasonal affective depression is, how it can affect people, and how using humor can help people cope with it.

Along with that, the article will explain other ways people may find to cope with seasonal affective depression.

What are seasonal affective depression memes?

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Nowadays the internet is filled with different memes about many matters. They are sometimes a sarcastic manner to deal with feelings and moments in life. The memes about seasonal affective disorder usually show how people feel when it starts to get darker earlier in the day, and how people gain weight because they overeat during that time. 

Seasonal depression memes (+ How humor helps)

In this meme, for example, the person is talking about how difficult it has been to cope with how early it gets during wintertime. 

Seasonal depression memes (+ How humor helps)

In this other meme, the person is talking about, through humor, his seasonal affective disorder can make you feel alone and how it can make people wish for more social interactions and a way of coping with it.

To help you understand more about it, let’s explain what seasonal Affective depression is.

What is seasonal affective depression?

Seasonal Affective Depression is a type of depression that happens when a person’s mood changes based on the season. People feel sad, have trouble handling daily activities, and don’t feel like themselves. 

The most common is that a person starts to experience it when summer turns into fall and winter. That is known as winter-pattern seasonal affective depression (SAD). In that case, the sense of sadness comes as days become shorter, and because of the cold people are less willing to be social. 

But people can also experience SAD related to summer, although it is less common, which is called summer-pattern SAD. It is possible to notice you have SAD if you notice that it has a seasonal pattern, and its symptoms last around 4 to 5 months of a year. 

Its diagnosis is made if a person has the symptoms of major depression, and the specific SAD symptoms for more than 2 years in a row. People should be aware of those symptoms of a major depressive episode:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, and almost every day
  • Losing interest in doing things you once loved
  • Change in eating pattern and on your weight
  • Change in sleeping pattern
  • Isolated
  • Feeling without energy or agitated
  • Feeling worthless and without hope
  • Lack of ability to focus
  • Thought of death and suicidal thoughts

And although not all these symptoms will be present in someone with SAD, when a person has a winter pattern of SAD, they can also show:

  • Change in the sleeping pattern shown as oversleeping
  • Change in the eating pattern shown as overeating, especially carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • The isolation feels similar to hibernation

When people experience summer-pattern SAD, their specific symptoms can be:

  • Change in sleeping pattern as insomnia
  • Change in eating pattern as loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling agitated
  • Anxious
  • An episode of violent behavior

Developing SAD is more common in people that already have other types of mental illness, such as Bipolar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. And it seems to happen also because of biological matters, such as the serotonin level, the lack of sunlight, which can cause lower levels of vitamin C.

How can humor help cope with seasonal affective depression?

A lot has been said about how humor can be both a good and a bad way to cope with mental illness. It can be a great way for people to notice that they are not the only ones feeling that way. It can create a sense of belonging and connectedness. 

This may also be a good way for people to get information and become educated about the matter. It can be a way to connect to people when isolation is at its highest. It can also be what makes them aware that what they are feeling is not common, and that they should look for help.

But having this ample access to information can also have a downside. It can be a way for people to feel triggered when they pass through those memes online. Because of that, it might be a good idea for people going through major depression and seasonal affective depression to be careful of their online exposure.

With that said, memes, and humor, can be extremely helpful for people dealing with seasonal affective depression. It can be something to help them connect with how they feel, but also a way to disconnect, offering a chance of looking at that condition through a new perspective, the humor perspective.

But this might not be for everyone. If you are going through seasonal affective depression, and you feel this is not your way to cope, take a look at these other ways to cope with seasonal affective depression.

Other ways to cope with seasonal affective depression

Talk to others 

When people are going through seasonal affective disorder, especially the winter pattern, they tend to be way more isolated. So it might be important to try and keep people around you when this is going on. 

If you don’t feel like going out, maybe you can invite some friends over, the important thing here is to not spend all those winter months by yourself, and have people you can talk to and feel supported by.

Try to go outside 

There is a lot less sunlight, but try to, once a day, go out. It is important to do it at least for a little walk. It can help you get some sunlight, which can help your vitamin C levels, causing you to feel a little bit more energetic.

Focus on your mental health all through the year 

Paying attention to your mental health all year long is important. It can help you create better strategies to cope with the hard times, and might even prevent the seasonal affective depression from becoming worse.

Look for professional help

If you still can’t manage to feel better, many professionals can help you. You can go to therapy, to talk about how you have been feeling, and sometimes even medication can be helpful.

Other people benefit from light therapy. this method that has been going on since the 1980s explores people to bright light every day, for 30 to 45 minutes,  as a way to make up for the lack of natural light. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Can memes help cope with seasonal affective depression?

People with depression can still laugh?

Yes, people with depression are still able to laugh. Although their mood is usually related to sad and negative feelings, it doesn’t mean they will feel like that the whole time. This is an important reason why people should try to be around them. 

People with depression, depending on how intense they are feeling the disorder, can find things funny, and in a conversation with friends, when funny things are said, they will laugh.

What is important to understand is that a person with depression has a different view of the world and themselves, so it can be that what they found funny before, won’t seem funny to them now. But take time to listen to your friend, you will find things that you can still laugh about.

If I get seasonal affective depression one year, does it mean I will have it every year?

If a person has seasonal affective depression in one year, it doesn’t mean they will have it every year. Although if a person has a history of other mental illnesses, it might be that they have a higher chance of developing seasonal affective depression, it is not a sure thing.

If a person looks for treatments, changes their lifestyles, especially during the season they have trouble with, it might be that they can go through winter or summer without experiencing it. That is why it is important to take care of your mental health constantly.

Is it normal to not find memes funny?

Yes, it is completely normal to find that memes don’t make you laugh. It is a source of humor, related to everyday situations that might just not work for you. Don’t judge yourself, you don’t need to follow what people around you consider to be funny.

Allow yourself to explore your sense of humor, and discover what brings you positive emotions. With time, you will be able to figure out what are the things you relate and connect to, and that will make you laugh. 

Just don’t go through life without laughter, it is such an amazing sensation that can bring so many positive emotions, one needs to experiment with it. But if you notice it is not only memes, and that your mood seems different, it might be good to look for professional help.

What are things I can do to not feel isolated during winter?

Although it is hard to think of what to do, there are many things one can do to not feel isolated during winter. Having friends over to your place, or going to visit your friends is a great idea to keep connected. 

You can also join events around your community, maybe Christmas markets, joining a new course or gym can also help you meet new people, or invite your friends to go with you so you can all do something else together. Museums, and going to theaters are also things you can do to be around people.

What is major depression?

Major depression is a type of depression in which a person’s symptoms are intense, to a level that it can impair the person to live their life normally. In this type of depression, people experience the symptoms every day, during most of the day.

Along with the depressive symptoms that are common to other types of depression, people with major depression can experience psychotic episodes, hallucinations, and also delusion.

An episode of major depression can last for more than 6 months, and during it, people can express suicidal thoughts. To treat major depression, it is usually necessary for a person to use medication as well as therapy, and change in lifestyle when possible.

Conclusion

 This article explained what memes about seasonal affective depression are, and how they can help people cope with the condition. Along with that, the article explained what seasonal affective depression is.

The article also discussed how the use of humor can be beneficial or not to dealing with the condition, and what are other ways to cope with it.

If you have any questions or comments about this article, feel free to write it in the section below.

References

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/seasonal-affective-disorder

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