Nov 17th, 2020
If your mood and energy level sink when the days get shorter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)—sadness or depression that typically lasts during the winter months and usually improves at the start of spring.
While the causes of SAD aren’t completely understood, it’s clear the condition is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, which may reset our internal clocks and hormones. SAD affects women more than men, but we don’t yet know why.
Different than the “winter blues” many of us feel when the days are darkest, SAD is a serious condition that should be treated by a professional. Symptoms may be exacerbated this winter by the loneliness of social distancing during COVID-19.
Common Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms
Any of SAD’s symptoms – and combinations of them – could be caused by other physical and psychological conditions. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider:
If you feel suicidal or hopeless, reach out for help now by calling 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.
Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatments
Your doctor may prescribe one or both of these SAD treatment options:
Beyond these formal treatments, there are other things you can do to ease SAD symptoms.
Seasonal Affective Disorder responds well to intervention. Talk to your health care provider about the seasonal changes you experience
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional consultation, diagnosis or treatment; it is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.
Always consult a health care provider if you have specific questions about any medical matter, and seek professional attention immediately if you think you or someone in your care may be suffering from a health care condition.
Charla Anderson, Oceans Healthcare Texas regional director of clinical operations, contributed to a version of this article as it originally appeared on the Philips Lifeline blog.
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