Researchers also say being stuck in traffic, high social media use, a lack of movement and even slouching are some of the contributing factors to mental illness.

As seasons change, some people experience what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a mental disorder which is associated with increased feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety.

One Kimberley-based psychiatrist insists that the mental disorder is common and does not only affect existing mental health patients. Psychiatrist Dr Keith Kirimi maintains that it is unclear why it happens and that some people are not aware of it.

Our adolescent beds are full. And it’s not necessarily full of patients who are known to be chronic. It’s quite a number of those patients who are index presentations,” explains Dr Kirimi.

Kirimi urges people to pay attention to their mental health when seasons change and to visit their doctors when uncommon and worrying symptoms occur.

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