Seasonal Affected Disorder, what are the signs and the treatment?

Seasonal Affected Disorder, what are the signs and the treatment?

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Here in the Northland, residents are no strangers to the long winter nights. Although the lack of light can be detrimental to our mental health and wellness. People are more likely to experience Seasonal Affected Disorder or S.A.D. during the winter, because of the lack of sunlight.

There are several signs when a person is affected by Seasonal Affected Disorder or S.A.D., which is why people should know what to look for. Some of the symptoms people have are thoughts of suicide, low self-esteem, and losing interest in activities.

Sigurd Haller, a psychotherapist with Amberwing, said seasonal affective disorder can develop into severe depression.

“People with seasonal affective disorder they may sleep a lot and just not feel rested. They may start to overeat, unhealthy ways, especially carbohydrates,” Haller said. “It might affect their mood where they start to feel maybe worthless and really get down on themselves. It could also affect their temperament and their family relationships and relationships with colleagues.”

Haller also said there are three major treatments people can try for seasonal affected disorder. These treatments include light therapy, medication and talk therapy, or a combination of the three.

“Some things that people might want to just try individually is just maybe getting a little bit more light. Just 20 minutes a day in the morning. Another thing might be just some change in your routine a little bit,” Haller said. “Maybe train with some yoga and meditation are some things you could do on your own.”

While some have a stigma with mental health disorders, such as depression, Haller said not to ignore someone’s call for help. People shouldn’t brush off the signs of seasonal affected disorder as a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own.

“It’s better to talk about it with your primary care provider. Check it out. Have that conversation. If it doesn’t turn out to be anything, that’s okay.” Haller said. “Always err on the safe side and we want people to feel free to ask questions and reach out to someone for help.”

For more information about Seasonal Affected Disorder you can read more here. Also for another story about Seasonal Affected Depression you can look here.