SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

photo and article by Paul Rohling

Its that time of year again people!  Hibernation is in the air and while many of you look forward to the shorter days and the impending winter, many of us react less favorably to Jack Frost nipping at our ears.  In fact many slip into a more depressive state, eating and sleeping more.  While those are common and normal reactions to the changing seasons, people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) experience a much more serious reaction when summer shifts to fall and on to winter.

For those suffering from seasonal affective disorder, fall's short days and long nights trigger feelings of depression, lethargy, fatigue and other problems. Many attempt to brush this off, attributing it to "winter blues" that they have to tough out on their own.

In truth, seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression, and it can severely impair your daily life. That said, treatment — which may include light box therapy — can help you successfully manage seasonal affective disorder. You don't have to dread the dawning of each fall or winter. Determining the difference between SAD and true depression can be tricky.  In this instance consulting with a trained professional can be useful and we are more than happy to assist.

 

 

Links:

Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder- a video about SAD 

Winter Blues-Norman E. Rosenthal  An excellent resource to learn more about the disorder.

Light Therapy- Article about how the process works.

The SAD Superstore- Where to purchase a lightbox.