Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
The fall season is here and that means the splendor of Mother Nature surrounds us in a bounty of earthy colors and motifs. Fall is my favorite season as football is back, fall festivals and activities abound, the buzz of school activity is all around, and cooler weather with shorter days begins. With the shorter days and cold nights also comes SAD ness. Most people suffering from SAD begin to experience symptoms in the early fall that persist until spring. According to the Mayo Clinic here are some of the typical symptoms:
Seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depression that comes and goes based on seasons. So symptoms of major depression may be part of SAD, such as:
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
- Feeling hopeless, inadequate, or worthless
- Having low energy and no rigor
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed (anhedonia)
- Having problems with sleeping
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight (usually weight gain)
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
It’s normal to have some days when you feel down or listless. But if you feel down for days and weeks at a time and you can’t get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, see your doctor or a therapist. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you feel hopeless, think about suicide, or turn to alcohol or other drugs for comfort or relaxation.
If after reading this article you identify the need for professional assistance please do not hesitate to contact me at 704-492-0713 or email@example.com and if not me please find a therapist or counselor that you can begin working with to explore and resolve issues around your SADness.
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Dr. Gerald Brown (Doc Brown) is owner of Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting PLLC in Cornelius, NC and Statesville, NC. He is passionate about fatherhood issues, immigrant concerns, and specializes in trauma work. Doc Brown has presented at various conferences and has a multitude of experience training organizations and corporations in diversity and multicultural resilience. He believes in helping individuals, couples, and families find meaning and integrate that meaning with various resiliencies in order to live purposefully and vibrantly. He is married with two daughters ages 14 and 6.