More people experiencing “Autumn Anxiety”

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – If you have been really anxious lately, you might be able to blame it on the changing of the seasons. “Autumn anxiety” may not be an officially diagnosable condition, but according to, it has become a recent phenomenon among many people.

Autumn marks a return to hectic routines and new changes. That includes new schedules, new jobs, and new assignments. Most people go from hanging out on the beach back to the daily grind come fall. As a result, many people feel a sense of loss.

“I think it’s definitely real,” Lori Hart of Amherst said. “I’ve been feeling anxious, you know college- there’s a lot of changes I think it probably has something to do with the weather.”

Losing a little bit of sunlight each day tends to be a factor as well. Sunlight keeps us healthy, and the loss of daylight can lead to mood swings.

The best thing to do is not to worry about the things you cannot control. By taking things one at a time, you can help reduce stress. If you continue to feel anxious, however, professional help might be needed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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