“Although seasonal bipolar disorder has been experienced by many, there is no definitive evidence as to why mania occurs more often in the spring and summer. There is much more evidence for the increased risk of depression in fall and winter months; these increases in depression likely correspond to the emergence of seasonal affect disorder (SAD), a well-documented form of depression, once downplayed as just the winter blues.
The symptoms of SAD generally arrive in mid-fall as shortened days and falling temperatures mean less time outside and less exposure to sunlight.
These seasonal changes are often coupled with the start of the academic year, which for parents, teachers and students alike means added responsibility following a leisurely summer break. On top of this, the obligations associated with the fall and winter holidays mean many people are left overburdened with diminishing emotional reserves.”
“However, seasonal depression represents a literal fall from the steep cliff of mania — at best hypomania, at worst full-blown mania. This dramatic mood swing can be incredibly dangerous. It is important for us to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge this internal conflict that can plunge us into an even greater depression,” (New Life Outlook, 2015).
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