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It's more than the Winter Blues.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression. It's also known as seasonal depression or winter depression. SAD will usually occur in the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight, but it can also occur in the summer. It is more than "winter blues". Symptoms can interfere with daily life. Good news is that it can be treated! Read more about Seasonal Affective Disorder below...
Signs and Symptoms of SAD
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Having low energy
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
Treatments and Therapies
Treatment for SAD will vary person to person. It is important to talk to your provider to find the best treatment for you!
- Light therapy - also called phototherapy. You sit a few feet from a special light box so that you're exposed to bright light within the first hour of waking up each day. Light therapy mimics natural outdoor light and appears to cause a change in the brain chemicals linked to mood.
- Psychotherapy - talk therapy
- Vitamin D - for some people, increased exposure to sunlight can help improve the symptoms of SAD. Always talk to your provider about the risks and benefits of any treatment.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is diagnosed more often in women than men and occurs more frequently in younger adults. If you believe you may have the signs and symptoms of SAD, seek out help with your provider! As with other types of depressions, SAD can get worse and lead to other problems if not treated.