Seasonal Affective Disorder
Commonly referred to as S.A.D. It typically is characterized by low mood during the winter months. There are treatments that can help.Read more
As the seasons change from autumn to winter, the temperature drops and the days become shorter. You may experience sadness, irritability, and a general lack of energy. These feelings can be quite normal; our moods naturally shift with changes in the weather. However, it is when your low mood becomes pervasive and disruptive to your daily functioning that may indicate you are experiencing something more.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as S.A.D., is a type of depression that begins in the late autumn and typically lasts until the beginning of spring. While it isn’t completely known what causes S.A.D., it is suspected that the lack of exposure to sunlight is a factor. Sunlight provides us with vitamins that we require for our emotional wellbeing. With a lack of sunlight in the late autumn and winter months comes a lack of these important vitamins, and results in reduced mental wellness. There may also be a genetic factor to the development of S.A.D.
Some of the common symptoms of S.A.D. overlap with those seen in depression. These may include:
If you experience these symptoms and suspect you may be experiencing S.A.D., you may wish to seek the support of a mental health professional who can help you build strategies to manage your challenging emotions in the late autumn and winter months, and regain quality of life.
Luckily, there are several options for treating S.A.D., which include:
Dalton Associates can help you find the right mental health professional who can support you through S.A.D., and help you get back mental wellbeing throughout the year. Please contact us.
Canadian Mental Health Association. (2013). Seasonal affective disorder.
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