Lifestyles Center Blog

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.
  • Exercising.
  • 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.

 

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047


Xaria Anderson, Peer Educator