March 12, 2008 § 11 Comments
Seriously, that’s what the Globe & Mail is calling it. Personally, I prefer to think of it as snow despair, or perhaps, nihilisme de neige. Then again, I don’t own a shotgun.
Whatever the name, you know it’s been a rough winter when Environment Canada’s climatologists start expounding on the psychological effects of snow. According to one:
Psychologically, I think we’re worn out. Not only [is it] the amount of snow we’ve had, it’s the number of days with snow. Every time you look out, either it’s collecting on the ground or it’s just even a trace snowing in the air.
The psychologists, for their part, have things like this to say:
I’m seeing so much white that I’m seeing red. At some point, people feel overwhelmed, crushed. It’s playing on their morale and their nerves.
So it’s not just me, then? That’s good… I think.
Now, what I want to know is this: where’s my pill? Normally, when a new psychiatric syndrome is recognized, the pharmaceutical industry is at the ready with a patent-protected wonder drug that promises to cure its ills. Now that Viagra sales have stalled and antidepressants have been proven to be ineffective, you’d think they could whip up a little something for snow rage.
In the meantime, I will do my best to overcome the winter blahs sans medication and report back to you with my findings, which will almost certainly involve alcohol. Wish me luck.