SURVIVOR SERIES: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)
During the winter months, do you find that you are much more lethargic and that you are in a more depressed mood. Well, there is a phrase for that. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short.
What is SAD?
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year.
What are the symptoms of SAD?
- Feeling depressed for most of the day.
- Having low energy.
- Loss of interest in activities you enjoyed.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Changes in weight or appetite.
- Difficulties concentrating.
Here are some ways to treat or overcome SAD:
- Light therapy.
- Having common forms of therapy. Such as talking to a therapist, acupuncture and more.
- Keeping light in living areas.
- Getting outside.
Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder:
- It is more common in female than in males.
- Younger people have a higher risk of getting winter SAD.
- It is likely that people with SAD have blood relatives with other forms of depression.
- It mostly occurs with people who live further north of south of the equator due to lack of sunlight in the winter.
Xaria Anderson, Peer Educator