Have you felt depressed during a particular season for at least two years in a row?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that can begin in late fall. It is more common in areas where there are seasonal variations in the amount of sunlight, and many experts believe SAD can be triggered by loss of sunlight.
SAD is more commonly found in:
- People between the ages of 18-30
- Areas with long winters where there are big changes in the amount of sunlight from season to season
Some of the symptoms include:
- Carbohydrate cravings and weight gain
- Difficulty staying awake or oversleeping
- Feeling sad, moody and anxious
- Loss of interest in your usual activities and routine
Light therapy and anti-depressants treatments that have both been proven effective for SAD. Light therapy treatments, delivered by a light box that is made especially for SAD, can be prescribed by your doctor.
A healthy lifestyle is helpful too. Be certain to get outdoors in the sunlight during the winter months. Stay active and maintain regular sleep and eating patterns. Foods high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and olive oil may reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.
Need more help?
Network Health’s Care Management staff would be happy to answer any questions you have or assist you in finding behavioral health providers. Call 920-720-1340 or click here.