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
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.