Feeling Blue this Winter? S.A.D may be Chilling your Mood

by | Feb 2, 2023 | Mental Health

Have you ever felt like winter in Ohio can make you feel like you are in a funk? Maybe you have noticed feeling down or like you have a lack of energy. Well, there is a reason for that and it’s called Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) and more than 3 million Americans are affected by it every year. 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and What are the Symptoms? 

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that tends to show itself during seasonal changes. These symptoms tend to exist for 4-5 months per year. Contrary to popular belief you can also experience SAD during the summer. These periods tend to be categorized by: 

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day 
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed 
  • Experiencing changes in appetite or weight 
  • Having problems with sleep 
  • Feeling sluggish or agitated 
  • Having low energy 
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless 
  • Having difficulty concentrating 
  • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide 
  • Overeating 
  • Oversleeping 

Treatment  

Seasonal Affective Disorder is treatable and manageable. You can try and manage symptoms at home by purchasing a UV light, purchasing Vitamin D supplements at your local drugstore, and implementing a light exercising routine daily. If you continue to exhibit symptoms, contact your local mental health professional to rule out any more severe issues. They may prescribe psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a variety of other targeted treatments. If you or someone you know is struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, Portage Path is here for you.  

Resources:

Portage Path 

NIMH from the National Health Institute 

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