Fall and Winter SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons – Fall and Winter SAD symptoms usually start in the fall and continue into the spring, with January and February the most difficult months. Some people may experience symptoms specific to summer-onset, referred to as Spring and Summer SAD. Symptoms may include:

  • irritability
  • tiredness or low energy
  • problems getting along with other people
  • hypersensitivity to rejection
  • heavy, leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
  • oversleeping
  • appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • weight gain.

Treatment includes:

  • light therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • medications
  • make your environment sunnier and brighter
  • get outside – take a walk
  • exercise regularly
  • supplements – St John’s wort, SAMe, Melatonin, Omega-3 fatty acids
  • mind-body therapies – acupuncture, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, massage therapy

Coping and support:

  • stick to your treatment plan (structure/routine)
  • take care of yourself
  • practice stress management
  • socialize
  • take a trip

Additional information can be found at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/arm-yourself-against-sad-0921155

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/definition/con-20021047

 

 

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