2010 Already Depressing?
January 18, 2010 § 1 Comment
Ok, sometimes the crap that pops up on the MSN.com homepage (that I’ve been forced to read due to it being the default homepage on my PC, and my general laziness) is entertaining enough to click and maybe read before I move on to Google. But not today! Today I pop on the web and I have to see this CRAP:
Knee jerk reaction: ‘You’ve got to be $%&#ing kidding me!’. But of course I follow along behind the rest of the cattle and click this junk to find this intro:
Poets, publicists and psychiatrists all have their candidates for the bleakest time of the year. According to one equation devised by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a British researcher from Cardiff University, Jan. 18 is 2010’s most depressing day. His formula for this bleak prediction takes into account factors like post-holiday blahs and debt, failed New Year’s resolutions and, this year, the nasty chill that has reached much further south than usual. This particular peak in seasonal affective disorder (SAD) isn’t the only time that we’re prone to feeling low.
Research also indicates that new antidepressant prescriptions peak around Thanksgiving and suicide rates are highest during the spring. If April is a difficult month for your mood, this correlates to T.S. Eliot’s choice, characterized as "the cruellest month."
So what can you do if you are feeling the winter blues—and how do you know when you should seek help? – MSN.com
I wasn’t depressed before, BUT I AM NOW!
Let me rephrase these ‘technical terms’ used by Head Shrink Arnall:
Post-Holiday blahs = Longest most terrible hangover of the year (all two weeks of it)
Post-Holiday Debt = The realization that you blew two months rent on presents for people you don’t like, and motorized hamsters for their snot nosed kids
Failed New Year’s Resolutions = As if the statistics of 65% of American’s being over weight and 16 million being severely poor wasn’t enough; you’ve already failed at a goal you set for your self two weeks ago…keep up the hard work and dedication!
Seasonal Affective Disorder = A made up way of saying the ‘rain rain go away’ song had an adverse effect on you as a child (huge exasperated sigh here)
And if you, like me, are depressed 2 1/2 weeks into the new year just remember: you could be living in Haiti…or Canada.