Seasonal Affective Disorder It’s Real.
by, Lisa Herman, PsyD, LP
As the seasons change so can our mood. This is particularly true for the millions of Americans living with Major Depression as many can attest that the shift in seasons, particularly from fall to winter, is one of the hardest times of year to cope with depression. The dark grey days + the cold snowy air can add another layer to an already debilitating disease.
Thus, many find themselves struggling from an additional diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); this is when one’s mood significantly changes with the season. The changes typically start and stop about the same time of year.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of SAD is the first step and then having a plan on how to prevent and treat SAD is step two. Remember, there are things that can help including psychotherapy and medications as well as alternative medicines and natural remedies.
Here are some symptoms of SAD (source: Mayo Clinic):
- Tiredness or low energy
- Problems getting along with other people
- Hypersensitivity to rejection
- Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
- Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
- Weight gain
Knowing the signs and symptoms of SAD is the first step and then having a plan on how to prevent and treat SAD is step two.
Now that we know what SAD is, how can we treat it? Check out this great graphic and implement what you think will work for you!
Graphic credited to Positive Health Wellness.