Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Some of the common symptoms of SAD include: having low energy, losing interest in activities, overeating, weight gain, social withdrawal, anxiety, and feeling depressed for most of the day. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), counseling or psychotherapy is an affective tool to treat SAD. NIMH also suggest light therapy, medication, and vitamin D in combination or alone as effective treatment modalities. People with a family history of depression are more likely to develop SAD that people who do not have a family history of depression. Females are diagnosed four more times than men. Younger adults have a higher risk of SAD than older adults. Often times the desire to sleep can be overwhelming as SAD may over produce the hormone melatonin.
If you are experiencing even a moderate form of SAD please call to set up an appointment. CareNet offers morning and evening hours to accommodate your schedule. Don't go through this time alone, allow us the privilege of providing a safe place to talk about it as the holidays approach. Call us at 704-291-4173.
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Russ Keeney is a Licensed Professional Counselor working in NC