Are you feeling the “winter blues” or in a seasonal “funk?” Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same time every year. For most people with SAD, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
While exact causes of seasonal affective disorder aren’t known, the reduced level of sunlight in the fall and winter can disrupt our body’s internal clock, dropping serotonin levels and disrupting melatonin levels.
Fortunately, treatment can help, especially if addressed and treated before symptoms get bad. Therapy can include psychotherapy, medication, exercise, vitamin D and/or light therapy.
Learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder, treatment options, and find other depression resources on LookUp:
- Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Exercise: A Prescription for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
- Depression Topic Page
Concerned you or someone you love suffers from depression? Take a depression screening to help start the conversation.
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As always, thank you for joining us in talking about mental health. Together, we are starting the conversation and silencing the stigma.
Kristina and Heather
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