As fall arrives, seasonal depression makes it’s debut

Aiden Wantulok

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November 18, 2021


It can’t be denied that autumn is a time of beauty, but it doesn’t give all teens the same feeling.

Autumn has just begun, and with a change in season there often comes a change in mood. For about five percent of American teens, fall starts the cycle of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 

“[In the conversion from summer to fall] I’ve almost felt trapped in my new routine,” sophomore David Frame said. 

There are various causes for these feelings, of course, but they’re generally attributed to colder weather and less sunlight. These differences alter the body’s biological clock which balances sleep schedule, hormones and mood in general. 

“I believe [Seasonal Affective Disorder] exists,” junior Kalin Hicswa said. “But I also believe that staying active and going outside lessens the effects.” 

These methods work for teens who enjoy being outside, but the cycle of SAD, normally begins when the weather becomes unpleasant. Some teens experience it in summer, but it generally begins in the fall, worsens in winter, and recovers in spring.  

“The change from summer to fall has downgraded my mood,” junior Josie Griffin said. “I think it affects most people’s moods.” 

The change from summer to fall has downgraded my mood. I think it affects most people’s moods.”

— Josie Griffin

Even though outdoor elements are seen as contributors, it’s more logical that the reduction in happiness comes from obligations and freedoms that change with the seasons. Many teens are forced to stop working and lose time with friends as school resumes. 

“The start of school and sports puts lots of pressure on people and can be the cause of lower mood or even depression,” senior Emerson Wormald said. “I really believe that mood changes with the season and the events that come with it.”

Fall marks the onset of school; this means lots of change, lots of stress and little time to handle it. These annual realities end summers of careless freedom and fun, but luckily there’s always another to look forward to.

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