BANGOR – With the cold and snowy days we’ve been having many of us can have the winter blues or even cabin fever. One doctor has tips on how you can try and avoid that.
Many of us wake up when it’s dark outside and get home when it’s dark. You may not even want to leave your house once you come home.
That’s when cabin fever or even seasonal depression can set in, according to Dr. Ng at Northern Light Acadia Hospital.
“People get to a point where they have impairment in those areas such as they cannot function anymore, eat, or take care of some basic stuff,” said Dr. Ng.
When people get to that point he said you need to seek help, “There’s also other things that influence it you know such as unemployment, such as seasonal workers, and there’s also substance abuse that can impact those things,” Dr. Ng said.
Dr. Ng said it’s important to keep yourself balanced and don’t get comfortable coming home and staying in all night.
Make sure you have a routine and be consistent with it, make sure to go out and do things in the evening time to keep yourself busy and make sure to hang out with friends or family.
“We should all look out for each other and if you know someone at risk, like elderly for example, if they are stuck at home because they can’t get around, certainly make an effort to reach to them and get them involved make them not feel alone or people who are not able to get around,” said Dr. Ng.
If you’re experiencing signs of depression or anxiety Acadia offers a free, confidential, online mental health screening tool for people to access.
Dr. Ng said there is a misconception people have, thinking suicide happens a lot more in the winter, but he said it’s actually late spring early fall.
“Bipolar disorder or depression that seems to be more prevalent in those seasonal times and in essence even the quietness of the winter might even be more protective in some of those folks,” Dr. Ng said.