Do the cold winter months affect your mood? Many of us believe that the “winter blues” are just a normal part of life. While some people notice they are more tired or sluggish during periods of less daylight, other people find the winter season drastically affects their mental health. Read on to learn about the misunderstood condition that causes millions of people to feel depressed during the winter.
Signs and Symptoms of S.A.D.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a condition that causes people to feel depressed during season changes. While SAD can take place during any season, the vast majority of sufferers experience their symptoms in the fall and winter months. Common symptoms include feelings of depression, lack of energy, sleep problems, and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. If these symptoms seem to follow a seasonal pattern, ask your doctor to evaluate you for SAD.
If you are diagnosed with SAD, help is available. Common seasonal depression treatment is light therapy. This therapy involves sitting in front of a large, strong light that simulates the sun. Psychotherapy and medications are also used to treat SAD. These treatments can be used with or without light therapy.
Talk to a Professional
If you think you might be dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s important to talk to a doctor. Only a professional can evaluate your symptoms so you can get the right diagnosis and treatment. To talk to a caring, understanding professional about your mental health, call PCP For Life at 281-968-4096.