• Kristina Cherep

A lack of Vitamin D or a lack of Empathy?

Yeah, there is scientific research that found a correlation between Vitamin D and depression. However, they never really could determine if Vitamin D deficiency is a cause or effect of depression. You also may be seeing articles that say last Monday was the saddest day of the year; Blue Monday. Truth is, there is really no solid research to prove this is the saddest day of the year. Back in 2005, when this day was 'made', people said that there was an equation that proved the third Monday in January is the saddest day of the year. However, this day was actually 'made' by a travel agency to promote their travel deals to warmer places.

If you do not suffer from depression or are not qualified to diagnose depression then please do not try to give a reason for someone being depressed. When I came out about my depression, most people approached me with love and support. However, I did have someone message me asking for reasons why I was so depressed. I avoided the question and gave my reasoning for why I decided to share my story. I wanted to share my story around the holiday season because I remember people from my group therapy saying that the holiday season is a very hard time for them and their depression. So, this person then told me it made sense because in the summer there is so much to do and that they heard all those things about lack of Vitamin D being a huge cause of depression.

I was left speechless and dumbfounded. I was beyond annoyed and then realized that some people truly do not understand depression. This is why I created this post. People don't have depression, necessarily, because they have nothing to do or because they have a deficiency in Vitamin D in the winter. People have depression for a number of reasons and most of the time it's year long. Depression for me is found year long. It's there on my birthday, in the middle of a hot summer day, or sometimes on my busiest days. Also, for some people there is not one 'reason' for someone having depression other than them having an imbalance of serotonin in their brain.

There needs to be a better understanding in the world about depression. If someone you know is depressed right now it's not necessarily because it's the middle of winter and they have nothing to do. Chances are they have it in every month of the year, but you just don't know it. People who suffer from depression need more empathy. It would actually make life a lot easier, I know at least for me. If people felt more understood then they might be more open to share their mental illness with others. So, if you are reading this I hope you have learned about some of the myths about depression. I hope you reach out to that friend who has depression and tell them you love them instead of asking questions or placing blame on a season.