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  • SAD

    Seasonal depression affects more people than you may think and more often than not goes unnoticed.  Seasonal Affective Disorder is a little more though than feeling just sad.  SAD is a clinical diagnosis that happens at a specific tie of the year, usually at the change of weather from fall to winter which coincidentally or not coincides with a change in daylight hours.  It is believed that the lack of sunlight during these seasons may play a role in the development of SAD.

    Symptoms of seasonal depression are similar to those of major depressive disorder and may include:

    Low energy levels: Feeling fatigued and lethargic.

    Changes in sleep patterns: Sleeping too much or experiencing insomnia.

    Changes in appetite or weight: Overeating or loss of appetite.

    Difficulty concentrating: Difficulty focusing on tasks or making decisions.

    Loss of interest in activities: Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed.

    Feelings of sadness or hopelessness: Persistent feelings of sadness or despair.

    Social withdrawal: Avoiding social situations and isolating oneself.

    The difference between SAD and Major Depressive Disorder is that it is seasonal, seems to be unrelated to any life events or situations and comes on at the change of seasons and is helped by implementing strategies helpful in managing seasonal depression:

    Light Therapy: Exposure to a bright light that mimics natural sunlight is often helpful.  It helps to regulate the body’s internal clock and improve mood.

    Spending Time Outdoors: Go outside even if it’s cloudy.  Spending time outdoors exposes you to natural light and fresh air, and this can have positive effects on mood.

    Regular Exercise: Regular physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on mood and can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

    Social Support: Seek support from friends and family. Maintaining social connections creates opportunities to talking about your feelings  and connect with someone you trust in a meaningful and beneficial way.

    Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep, and manage stress through relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing.

    Professional Help: If symptoms are severe or persistent, seeking help from a mental health professional, such as a therapist or psychiatrist, is important. They can provide therapy, counseling, or, if necessary, medication.

    Consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, consider reach out to a mental health professional or a helpline.  You don’t have to muscle through alone.