I think I have seasonal affective disorder?

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I do have depression, it's been a thing I've had for many years now, but one thing I wasn't too sure about is if it worsened over winter.

Recently, the weather was nice, and it wasn't cloudy for once, and I actually felt really happy. I also got this lamp, where one of the settings imitates daylight (or so it claims lol). Call it placebo, but turning that on, nice and bright, I feel like I've got more energy, and can get work done compared to before?

I never noticed before because I didn't pay attention, but these things have changed my mood and overall happiness level by a lot, and I might have answered it already with everything I've just said, but is this seasonal affective disorder, or am I just looking into it too much?

If it is, I don't really know what else to do with it. I haven't really done much in terms of fixing my mental health before, at all... which is honestly horrible, but I barely have enough time.

Any suggestions? Might as well start now.
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I’ll be honest I also feel the same. I’ve thought this since I was 16 which isn’t great but the thing I always do is more self care when I do feel depressed. I force myself to do skincare which I’ve found is a good coping mechanism for me (Exfoliation, shaving, moisturise, face masks.).
I think you need to find what is the best thing for your self care, it could also be an extra hour of sleep or maybe just doodling or painting. Maybe even writing in a diary because I’ve found that diaries have massively helped me too.

Hope that helps <3
Keep smiling and be happy because you deserve it!
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The NHS have a really good website called 'Every Mind Matters' that is very good if you have problems with your mental health. It's got a quiz that'll give you advice at the end, offers different types of support, recommends apps you can use, gives you tips and tricks. Honestly I recommend! It personally turned me on to some really good habits and some great apps for meditation for when my insomnia kicked in!

There is also generally a lot of cheaper or free services for young people around, whether that's at your uni or around where you live (and online) which you can go to if you feel you comfortable getting some outside help like therapy.
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looking into it too much
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