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                                                     Editorial / Opinion

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               Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

               As we move into the holiday season
          in an unprecedented pandemic environ-                                                                                                                   The  Fayetteville  Press
          ment, I am reminded of the familiar men-                                                                                                                      Newspaper
          tal challenge of depression that often ac-                                                                                                             “Your  Community  Newspaper”
          companies  this  change  of  season.  The
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          phrase it’s ok to not be ok comes to mind.                                                                                                              Fayetteville * NC 28311
          As one who has experienced these symp-
          toms I thought a brief discussion of this                                                                                                                (910) 323-3120 - Office
          topic might be helpful. Seasonal affective                                                                                                   
          disorder (SAD) is a mood or disorder in                                                                                                                E-mail:
          which people who have normal mental
          health throughout most of the year ex-                                                                                                                    *Publisher - JJ Jones
          hibit depressive symptoms at the same                                                                      status  as  commander  of  Howard;              *General Manager
          time of year each year most commonly                                                                       UDC  ;  Bowie  and  George                      Chrystal M. Thomas
                                                                                                                     Washingtom ROTC at the time the
          in the winter.                                                By Atty Allen W. Rogers
               SAD is a type of major depressive dis-                   (910) 433-0833                               police  officer  removed  my  insig-             *Sales Manager
          order, and sufferers may exhibit any of                                                                    nias and placed me before a victim                Dwight Brown
          the associated symptoms, such as feelings                                                                  who said I think that’s him. (The at-          *Editor - Jae McKrae
          of  hopelessness  and  worthlessness,                                                                      tempted burglar). The officers re-            *Special Corespondent
                                                                                                                     sponse was “I cannot arrest him un-
          thoughts  of  suicide,  loss  of  interest  in  own unique twist the sharing and processing of these                                                      Queen Degraphenrei
          activities, withdrawal from social inter-       experiences with professionals often work wonders          less you’re sure … his response was
                                                                                                                     “then  I’m  sure.  “.  This  incident
          action, sleep and appetite problems, dif-       in  relieving  anxiety  and  beginning  the  healing                                                          Staff Writer
          ficulty with concentrating and making de-       needed to reach a place of peace and acceptance of         would  haunt  me  for  the  next  20               “JC” Hepner
          cisions, decreased libido, a lack of energy,    the past. While our past are undoubtedly filled with       years. Every application background               *Photgrapher
                                                                                                                     check and security clearance would
          or agitation. While experts were initially      what if’s … dwelling on that past precludes the joys                                                        Bruce Carpenter
          skeptical of this condition it is now rec-      and gratitude of the present.                              produce  this  incident.  However
                                                                                                                     through Gods Grace ; acceptance,
          ognized as a common disorder. Given the              Exercise is also viewed as a extremely thera-                                                       *Account Executives
          stigma associated with mental health is-        peutic  approach  to  Seasonal Affective  Disorder.        time and counseling I was able to                  Dr. Don Reid
                                                                                                                                                                        Chris Miller
          sues it is with great care that I offer this    With the daylight decreasing people are often less         overcome this traumatic event.               ShaDonna “Mo” McPhaul
                                                                                                                          While I will never forget the in-
          discussion not as a guide to treatment but      active. This reduction in physical activity may mani-
          for discussion that those like myself who       fest  itself  in  feelings  of  sluggishness  and  even    cident I did indeed overcome it. I re-            *Distribution
                                                                                                                     alize it could have forever directed
          may suffer silently may seek the help of        weight gain. A regular exercise routine provides a                                                           Michael Dykes
          a professional, a group or an appropriate       healthy outlet. Physical exercise has shown to be          the course of my life toward a most              Nero B. Coleman
          outlet to get them through this period.         an effective means of combating all types of de-           unfortunate path. Despite a resolu-
                                                                                                                     tion  the  impact  upon  my  mental
               Professionals may offer counseling         pression.                                                                                                   *Staff  Chaplain
          to discuss areas of ones past that continue          Regular exercise is a powerful way to fight sea-      health left an indelible impression.                     Bishop
                                                                                                                     Seasonal depression is real and how
          to haunt them with regrets. This may be         sonal depression, especially if you're able to exer-                                                        Larry O. Wright
          childhood traumatic experiences, failed         cise outside in natural daylight. The lack of sunlight     we handle our feelings in this sea-
          relationships or even unfulfilled aspira-       has been associated with SAD. Regular exercise can         son is important. While maintaining                           E-Mail:
                                                                                                                     a polished exterior may offer some
          tions. Whatever the case may be therapist       boost serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good
          will offer tools to process those events        brain chemicals. In fact, exercise can treat mild to       reward a healthy mind and body is
                                                                                                                     equally important. If you or some-
          in life and guide one to a healthy place        moderate depression as effectively as antidepres-                                                             Web-Site
          and or acceptance thereof. Most people          sant medication.                                           one you know may suffer from sea-  
          feel that their life’s trials are so unique          As a Black male we face unique obstacles on a         sonal affective disorder seek help                    For
                                                                                                                     from  your  physician  or  a  profes-
          that no one could understand their expe-        daily  basis. As  a  20  year  old  ROTC  student  at
          rience. While we all are individuals who’s      Howard on a cold winter morning I was falsely ac-          sional  that  can  direct  you  to  re-         Subscriptions
                                                                                                                     sources in this community that meet
          processing of events will all be with our       cused of burglary as I walked to campus in an area                                                               Call
                                                          where a crime had recently occurred. Despite my            your needs.                                     (910) 323-3120

                                                                                    Holiday Tips for the Thanksgiving Season
                                                                                                                               By Dr. Shanessa Fenner
                                                                   Happy holidays! It’s the most thankful time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends as well as a time for giving thanks.
                                                        Here are some tips for a stress free holiday season:
                                                             Family Time
                                                             1. Involve the kids and family members to help with everything from decorating the table, washing dishes, baking pies, and fixing Thanks-
                                                        giving dinner.
                                                             2. Spend quality time with family by doing things like playing games, watching movies, and having great conversations.
                                                             1. We eat lots of good food during the holidays which causes extra weight around the midsection. Be careful of how much you are eating
                                                        and drinking. Use a small plate and eat small portions. Do not pile up food on the plate.
                                                             2. Be sure to exercise or take a brisk walk each day.
                                                             3. Drink plenty of water. Try to drink 6 – 8 glasses per day.
                                                             4. Do not go to the grocery store when you are hungry.  Those pictures of brownies on the box will get you every time. All food looks
                                                        scrumptious when you are hungry. Stick to your grocery list.
                                                             5. If you drink alcohol have someone to take you home.  Do not risk being stopped by the police or putting lives in danger by driving.
                                                             Black Friday shopping

               Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Principal                1. Set a budget for gift buying and be practical with the gifts that are purchased.
                                                             2. Make a list before shopping and stick to the list. Think about items that the people on the list like and can use.
                                                             3. Buy a few extra gifts in case they are needed.
                                                             1. The holidays can be stressful so do something that makes you happy. Take care of self first.
                                                             2. Schedule some “me” time or a Swedish massage.
                                                             3. Get plenty of sleep and take naps.  The holidays can be exhausting.
                                                             4. Listen to soft music while creating a sense of peace and calmness.
                                                             Giving of your time
                                                             1. Donate some of your time to help serve a meal to the homeless.
                                                             2. Check on an elderly neighbor during the holidays to see if you can assist them with their needs.
                                                             We should be thankful for our many blessings and grateful to be able to enjoy another holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!
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