A SAD AND SOGGY SPRING

rain woman

Rain rain go away

come back again another day in another month

Too much of a good thing is too much.

A nursery rhyme sung over and over comes to mind.  Too much gray becomes black.  And too much rain dampens the most cheerful spirit among us.

Scientific studies about the impact of weather on mood are inconclusive because there are so many factors.  Results of a study using Dutch teens, for example, may not translate to American adults: so is one study right and the other wrong?  Not necessarily.  When apples and oranges are compared, in this case Dutch teens vs. American adults, broad assumptions can’t be made.

Such is the problem with making sweeping statements with little data.

Take the question of weather affecting mood.  The short answer is “not always and not for all people”.  Nevertheless, enough studies assert that the weather does indeed affect some peoples’ moods. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder — SAD for short — which is an apt name, considering.

What seems true for more people is that when weather is persistently unusual mood is affected.

Here in Eastern Colorado the wettest spring ever is making people already sensitive to depression, well, depressed.  It’s not just flowers who miss 8 hours of sunlight; people who weren’t SAD before rain, gloom, and chill were on the daily weather menu are sure as heck sad now.  And cranky, too.

This is Camp Watchogue weather; I didn’t like it when I was 8 and I don’t like it now.  But this is Colorado; give it another couple of weeks and we’ll all be complaining about how darned hot and dry it is.

I can’t wait.

Kathe Skinner is a Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice on Front Range of Colorado.  She specializes working with couples, especially those impacted by invisible or visible disability.  She and her husband David will soon be in Arizona in hopes that Colorado dries out in the meantime.  Their kitties Petey and Lucy have been unaffected: it’s just another good reason to find a cozy spot and go to sleep.  She and David teach Couples Communication Workshops throughout the year.  You can find them at http://www.beingheardnow.com or at www.coupleswhotalk.com.

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