Blue Monday and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
It’s been widely publicized that Blue Monday (today, the third Monday of the year) is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. It’s also been argued that it’s a hoax (just by looking at the stupid equation, you can TELL that it’s a total hoax).
Dr. Dean Burnett has written a nice story in the Guardian on how stupid the notion of Blue Monday is (and you can read it here). Now, what I would also like to emphasize is that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is actually real, and a form of depression that should not be made of nor taken lightly (I am an advocate of mental health issues, as many of you may know).
While Blue Monday is a day that in a way reminds people about depression, I would like folks to take it more seriously, and to not make fun neither of depression nor of SAD. Depression affects (depending on who you get your statistics from) between 1 in 20 to 1 in 5 Canadians. And SAD is prevalent too, particularly in regions where you don’t get enough light (thus light therapy is used to treat it). So, hopefully Blue Monday will be also taken as an opportunity to remember that depression is real and that if you or anyone you know need help, there’s a number of services you can access to help you deal with depression.