As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, many people change their wardrobes and routines. But for people with seasonal affective disorder, the change of season is associated with a significant change in mood. This mood change can be overwhelming—causing them to experience a deep depression and a loss of interest in everyday activities.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The following are the most common symptoms of SAD. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently
- Increased appetite with weight gain
- Increased sleeping and daytime sleepiness
- Less energy and trouble concentrating in the afternoon
- Loss of interest in work or other activities
- Slow and sluggish movement
- Social withdrawal
- Unhappiness and irritability
HOW TO COMBAT SEASONAL DEPRESSION
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:
- Light therapy
- Counseling sessions
- Antidepressant medications
- Regular exercise
- Stress management techniques
Don’t be fooled; seasonal depression is serious. There are effective therapies that may be able to ease your symptoms and make this winter (and the winters to come) less blue.
Remember, Healthy Transitions Staff is available to help. For more information on this program please contact us at 907-459-3800.