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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As the days get darker in fall and winter time, some individuals may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a mood disorder that is associated with seasonal changes. If an individual is experiencing seasonal Affective Disorder, they may experience symptoms of depression, fatigue, irritability, social avoidance, changes in sleep and eating patterns.

You may be thinking, what can I do to improve my symptoms as the seasons continue to change and the days get shorter and darker? It is important to be aware of the symptoms you are experiencing and get the help you need. If you are experiencing depression symptoms that are impacting your daily functioning, seek professional mental health help.

There are somethings you can do that may help relieve your SAD symptoms. Increase your daily exercise, maintain a healthy diet and make sure to get enough sleep. If you don't feel like your symptoms are getting any better and feel like you are stuck in a state of depression, seek a mental health professional that can help provide you with the tools to help you cope with sadness, social avoidance, and sleep issues. Some other options for treatment of SAD is light therapy which helps because during the fall and winter seasons we don't experience much sunlight. You may seek the help of a psychiatrist that may prescribe you an antidepressant based on the symptoms you are experiencing.

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -Anthony D'Angelo