Are you feeling the blues a little more than usual this month? You're not alone.
The latest data from Push Doctor's Live Healthcare Trends reveals a significant spike in appointments for mental health services between January and February.
Miserable weather and post holiday financial stress leaves many people feeling more sad, tired, and irritable than usual.
“Usually about January is when It hits and people are starting to go I’ve got a little bit of depression maybe from the holidays. And also the days are very much shortened, said Borgess Medical Center Doctor Ann Crabb. “All of this adds together. The cold, the snow, the shorter days. All of this adds up to the depression.”
On average people spend 20 percent more time indoors this time of year. Not getting enough vitamin D is one of the main causes of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a common form of depression related to shortening day length and a decrease in natural light.
Psychiatrists aren't the only ones getting more clients, January and February are the busiest months of the year for Divorce Attorneys too.
January has long been refereed to as “break-up” month.
65 percent of relationships end in January, according to a 2011 by the counseling organization Relate.
“Christmas is a real distraction – you’re so busy that you forget all your problems,” explains Christine Northam, counselor with Relate. “By January we have low energy and we’re tired; consequently, a lot of couples who were having problems at the end of last year tend to break up.”
The first Monday in January typically sees a surge in divorce filings and he national divorce rate continues to increase through February and finally peaks in March
According to Diana Shepherd, the co-founder and editorial director of Divorce Magazine, divorce lawyers acquire the most new clients the first two months of the year.
She says it makes sense so many relationships end this time of year. "Before Christmas and the New Year people are prepared to try and preserve the illusion they are happy," she explains. "Secondly, there is the whole New Year’s resolution element – that at New Year’s people want to make changes to their lives to make them better. And thirdly – maybe the holidays just didn’t go that well. Finally, one of the couple says, enough is enough and decides they are not going to go through it all again next year.”
The online dating site Match.com reports a near 40% spike in registrations between December and February.