Seasonal Affects Disorder (SAD)
You may have heard of the seasonal blues or know someone who has it. But how can we overcome it, or help them overcome it?
Symptoms of SAD:
- Feeling chronically depressed most of the day for long periods of time
- Loss of interest in beloved activities
- Low energy
- Sleeping issues or insomnia
- Change in appetite; weight loss/gain
- Unable to concentrate
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthless
- Frequent suicidal thoughts and/or speaks of suicide
Causes of SAD:
- Many people experience SAD during the fall and winter months due to less hours of sunlight.
- Serotonin. You may have heard of this word before, but it’s a brain chemical which affects your mood. In addition to fewer hours of sun, serotonin levels can also drop.
- Melatonin. Another word you may hear often, that the body produces, but this affects your sleep. Season changes can disrupt your melatonin levels causing sleep issues like insomnia.
Here are 7 simple tips to beat the seasonal blues:
- Know the signs and symptoms
- Ask for help
- Get sunlight
- Keep a routine or schedule
- Eat healthy
- Participate in activities
When to seek professional clinical help:
Not to fear if you have a day or so to feel down. It is when it becomes chronic, and you cannot seem to snap out of it, you should call your doctor immediately.
If you know someone who has these signs or symptoms, please call ASAP at:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline