Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD is a depression disorder stemmed from the changing of the seasons that many people suffer from in the beginning of Fall and throughout the Winter.  Four out of six percent of people may suffer from winter depression, while 10-20% endure mild symptoms of SAD every year.

What to expect

The symptoms of SAD are weight gain, change in appetite, fatigue, irritability, social rejection, and a noticeable drop in energy. Individuals who suffer from SAD begin to experience symptoms around the same times every year, in the beginning of the fall, following into the winter months.

If you suffer from the listed symptoms around the cold seasons, and feel as though it is only a phase, then you may be suffering from SAD.

How can I treat it?

If you are experiencing SAD symptoms, here are ways to help. Much of the depressive symptoms some from the lack of sunlight being absorbed in the winter. Talk to your primary physician about having light therapy at least 30 minutes a day during the Fall and Winter, as it can be a stress reliever for your depression. Other alternatives you can discuss are antidepressants and psychotherapy to help you manage your stress during those times.

For more information

Talk to your doctor if you are interested in learning more about SAD

Visit your local library to research more on SAD

If you are struggling with SAD, join social groups that can relate to your condition and give you a better understating of your illness