Seasonal Affective Disorder

For some of us, dreary weather drains our energy and leaves us feeling lethargic. Other folks are unable to function at work, or within close relationships due to seasonal weather patterns. Here is what you should know about SAD:

  • Form of depression starting in fall/winter
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased concentration
  • Lack of energy
  • Increased sleep

The National Alliance on Mental Illness gives a general overview of Seasonal Affective Disorder:

The “winter blues” are not the same as Seasonal Affective Disorder. The “winter blues” only mildly influences our daily living, but can still curb our energy and productivity. Here are some tips that help combat both the “winter blues” and Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • light therapy
  • spend more time outdoors in the winter
  • add additional bright lights in your home

Remember, consult a professional if you are concerned about the above mentioned symptoms. If you suspect that you might have SAD, a self-assessment is available at The Center for Environmental Therapeutics.