If you feel down at specific times of the year, especially starting in late fall or early winter, you might have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Though the exact causes are unknown, there are several treatment options for SAD that may relieve stress and anxiety while helping you experience a better quality of life. Learn more about the signs of SAD and some of the ways to deal with it in the guide below
A Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder
Signs & Symptoms
Seasonal Affective Disorder exhibits many of the same signs and symptoms as major depression. These may include feelings of depression throughout most of the day, thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness, lower energy levels, and a lack of interest in enjoyable activities. You might also notice sleep disruptions, appetite changes, difficulty focusing, stress, and anxiety. Symptoms that are specific to wintertime SAD include excessive sleeping, overeating, food cravings, weight gain, and withdrawal from social interaction.
SAD is more frequently diagnosed among people who live in colder climates further from the equator. Being female increases the risk factor, as women are four times more likely than men to be diagnosed. If you have bipolar disorder or a family history of SAD, you may be more susceptible to developing it.
SSRIs (selective seretonin reuptake inhibitors) the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, and they’re also one of the most common treatment methods for SAD. Since many people with SAD also contain low levels of vitamin D, a doctor might prescribe supplements. Cognitive behavioral therapy and light therapy may also effectively treat symptoms of SAD.
A life coach can also help relieve stress and reduce anxiety associated with SAD. For further help dealing with this condition, get in touch with Peggy Sealfon-Stonewater Studio. She offers internationally recognized techniques to help clients throughout Naples, FL, relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and get restful sleep. Call (239) 821-2266 to schedule a consultation, and visit her website to learn more about relaxation tools to relieve stress.