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Snow Depression Is an Actual Thing, Apparently


Snow. It’s everywhere. And it seems like it’s never going to stop. And it’s affecting us in more ways than we even thought. Along with “snow-related layoffs” leading to a spike in the numbers of people who are collecting unemployment now, snow is also just a plain old downer, apparently. The New York Daily News talked to an actual NYU Medical Center doctor who says there is “a definite link between the brutal winter and the battered psyches of New Yorkers.”

Among other ways the winter can fuck with you, there’s getting fatter, getting exhausted, not wanting to have sex, and, from personal experience, drinking way too much.

But hang in there! It gets better:

“This won’t go on forever,” promised Dr. Norman Sussman, a psychiatrist at the NYU Medical Center. “We’re less than two months away from the start of spring.”

Sussman recommends getting out of the house as a way to chase the blues. “Go to places that are bright inside — and warm,” he suggested. “Go to restaurants. Think about what you find uplifting and do it.”

For example, he suggests seeing the cheerful Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!”

Okay, now we’re just going to off ourselves. No, not seriously. Pass the tequila.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 27, 2011


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