Now that October is over, the leaves have changed colors, they are falling off their branches, and the Daylight Saving time ends this Sunday, November 4th, we’ve begin to feel different. As the seasons change, they put us in different mental states. Although Fall brings one of the most family-oriented holidays, Thanksgiving, it can also have a negative effect on our daily outlook.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Overview
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, beginning in the late fall and early winter and ending in the spring and summer. Seasonal depressions have the same symptoms as major depression but are more frequent than any non-seasonal depression. Symptoms of the winter pattern of SAD include: having low energy; hypersomnia; overeating; weight gain; craving for carbohydrates; and social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”).
There are four major treatments for SAD which include medication, light therapy, psychotherapy, and vitamin D. Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI) ease the symptoms of depressed mood and anxiety, and other antidepressants have been approved to treat SAD. Talk with your doctor about the possible risks of taking medications for your condition. The idea behind light therapy is to replace the diminished sunlight of fall and winter months with daily exposure to artificial bright lights. Psychotherapy aims to help individuals identify activities that are engaging and enjoyable to improve coping with winter. Low levels of vitamin D were found in people with SAD because of insufficient exposure to sunlight, so taking a vitamin D supplement can be effective.
Free 2018 Seasonal Affective Disorder
It’s important to share information about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to your patients so that they can receive treatment as soon as possible, no one deserves to go through entire seasons feeling depressed or anxious. But how can you spread the word about this disorder?
For your convenience, our Patient Engagement Communication team has designed a FREE 2018 Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Brochure. Click the button below, fill out a quick form, download the brochure, and share it with all of your patients.