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Dec 01 2016

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The arrival of autumn and winter is an exciting time of seasonal changes and family holidays! Often a change from the heat is welcomed. However, as winter progresses, less sunlight reaches us during the day. The icy temperatures and short, light-dimmed days can often hide a more concerning problem.

During the winter months, see if you have experienced any of the following:

Sad, anxious or ``empty`` feelings

Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness

Irritability, restlessness

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

Fatigue and decreased energy

Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

Changes in weight

Thoughts of death or suicide

These manifested symptoms can sometimes cause a temporary depression psychologists call Seasonal Depression Disorder.  Many sufferers are completely unaware that what they are experiencing is a real, medically-based problem with treatment options!

Now if you said yes to one or more of these symptoms, don’t panic! We all experience a slight change in mood during the upcoming seasons that may appear as the symptoms above. Though common, the presence of these symptoms are not cause to assume you may suffer from SAD.

As with all psychological disorders, it is important to refrain from any formal diagnosis before seeking the professional opinion of a mental health professional. That professional will evaluate your symptoms based on the degree to which one is experiencing them and how many of the symptoms you are experiencing.

If you or someone you know has concerns about SAD or thinks they may be suffering from SAD, call our office today to schedule a free evaluation and learn what treatment options are available to you. 

‘Light Ray’ therapy, mental health therapy, and medication are just some of the techniques that can improve the lifestyle of a person with SAD. In the hands of a mental health professional, SAD can be effectively treated.

Resources and More Information:

https://medlineplus.gov/seasonalaffectivedisorder.html

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
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Clinical Trials

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine):

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