Seasonal Affective Disorder
Is your mood changing as the seasons change?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months, with symptoms related to the change in seasons, such as reduced daylight, including low energy and mood changes.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that cyclically occurs during specific seasons, most commonly in the fall and winter. It is believed to be linked to the reduced exposure to natural light during these months, leading to disruptions in the body's internal clock and neurotransmitter levels, such as serotonin. Symptoms of SAD can include low energy, persistent sadness, overeating, weight gain, oversleeping, and a general feeling of lethargy, and these symptoms tend to improve during the spring and summer. Light therapy, psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle changes like increased exposure to natural light and regular exercise can be effective in managing and alleviating SAD symptoms, although treatment approaches should be tailored to the individual's needs and severity of the disorder. Recognizing the pattern of seasonal changes in mood and seeking professional help when necessary is vital in effectively addressing and managing Seasonal Affective Disorder.