Beyond the Diag - Off Campus Housing

Scenic view off-campus, full of trees.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is more common the farther north you are due to the shorter and darker days. SAD can present itself as depression during the fall and winter months, eventually adjusting to an improved mood in the spring as days become longer, the sun shines more, and the atmosphere of being outside is once again welcoming.

The symptoms of S.A.D. vary greatly, and are important to treat because it can limit your ability to enjoy life here in Ann Arbor, which may then make it difficult for you to function as a student.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Low Mood
  • Lack of Energy
  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss
  • Apathy
  • Loss of Interest
  • Loneliness

Getting your own light therapy box to use daily at home may prove beneficial to you. It is not very expensive and allows you to use it on your own schedule. The light mimics sunshine and can help to treat S.A.D.

Similar to other forms of depression, exercise can be a useful tool. Using the newly renovated Intramural Sports Building can help you get moving regardless of the weather. Exercise is also helpful in reducing weight gain that may associate with S.A.D..

The University of Michigan has many resources available, such as talking to a counselor at CAPS, or using their Wellness Zone on the 3rd floor of the Union (no appointment necessary!). In the Wellness Zone,  you can find massage chairs, meditation tools, video games, light therapy and more (take a virtual tour)! All are available to you to help you rest and relax during despite your busy schedule.


Contributed By: Daly Kleaveland