Do the Darker Days Have You Feeling S.A.D.?

Do the Darker Days Have You Feeling S.A.D.?

Seasonal Affective Disorder-What Is It?

Throughout the winter months, there is less sunlight that might cause people to feel more unhappy. It can be caused by the lack of Vitamin D, changes in one’s circadian rhythm, or serotonin levels. Most often, this occurs during the winter months, but it can happen during the spring and summer as well. This is an effect of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and about 5-20% of adults in the United States experience symptoms, with the majority of those people being women. People with SAD might feel:

  • Loneliness

  • Loss of interest

  • Lack of energy

  • Increased feelings of hopelessness

  • Mood swings

  • Excessive/not enough sleep

  • Appetite changes

  • Social isolation

  • Depression

There are many ways that people with SAD can cope with the symptoms. Here are a few:

  • Consulting a therapist

  • Phototherapy (Using a special lamp to create bright light therapy)

  • Taking Vitamin D

  • Spending time outdoors

  • Self Care

  • Exercising

  • Antidepressants

  • If conditions persist or worsen, consider talking with a therapist. Contact us at (734) 323-4897 or for more information.

Whatever your situation, please note that you are not alone. If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts, call your provider, go to an emergency room, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at (800) 273-8255. You can also contact us at (734) 323-4897 or for more information.

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By: Grace O’Neill