I recently ran a poll on Twitter . Out of 10 people, 50 percent of you said you suffer from S.A.D and 50 percent said you don’t. There were also two people who mentioned they used to suffer from S.A.D but don’t anymore.
According to https://www.mayoclinic.org/, S.A.D(seasonal affective disorder) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. Symptoms usually start in autumn and continue into the winter months.
While the exact cause of S.AD is unknown, it could be linked to reduced exposure of sunlight. Being out in the sun improves our mood but as there is little sunlight during the day and it gets dark earlier, it dramatically affects our mood.
Symptoms of S.A.D
- Very low mood
- Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Becoming less sociable
- Lack of energy
These are only a few symptoms of S.A.D but it is important to talk to your doctor to get a correct diagnosis. In order to get a correct diagnosis, your doctor may ask about your mood, lifestyle and any changes in your thoughts and behaviour.
Treatments for S.A.D
- Light therapy – Light therapy lamps( also known as SAD lamps) work by giving off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.
- Take vitamin D supplements – Due to less sunlight our mood can be affected. Vitamin D is essential for the development of healthy bones, muscles and teeth.
- Healthy habits – Exercise, get enough sleep, eat healthier and reduce stress. Doing all of these will improve your mood dramatically especially if your mood is low.
When to see a doctor
- If you feel down for days at a time
- You no longer want to do the activities you normally enjoy
- If your sleep patterns have changed (sleeping too little or too much)
- Appetite has changed(especially eating more carbohydrates than normal)
- Substance abuse
- You feel hopeless or think about suicide
Remember to tell someone about how you are feeling and ask for help if you need to. Take Care X