Could I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

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SAD is a disorder just like it sounds, symptoms occur due to season changes which include less sunlight and colder climates. SAD is very common and occurs in approximately 3 million cases per year in the United States. Below are some symptoms that are consistent with SAD:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration

If these symptoms sound familiar, below are a few ideas that may help:

  • Get as much natural sunlight as possible
  • Stick to a regular daily and sleep routine
  • Manage stress levels
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Schedule times to hang out with friends often
  • Purchase a special lamp called a light box that mimics sunlight
  • Talk to someone
  • See a therapist
  • Talk to your prescriber about medications if these strategies don’t help

Seasonal Affective Disorder can be treated and you can get back to doing what you do best again!