It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration,
bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
Seasons are Changing and so is your Mood
It’s true. Changes in weather can have a great deal of a say in the way we feel on a daily basis. Rain, for example, can cause feelings of depression or negative thoughts to be more prevalent. That’s why we call it ‘feeling blue’! In many cases, the change in seasons can trigger an individual’s Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that affects an individual’s depressive or bipolar episodes through seasonal changes. Each episode varies in severity and does not necessarily affect every individual around the same time or season (Partonen, T.).
Symptoms may start in the fall and continue on through the winter season. Typical SAD symptoms include feeling lethargic and a lack of energy. You may also start to feel moody or irritable. “Winter [or fall] depression” is the most recognized form of seasonal affective disorder. Other symptoms may include “hypersomnia, augmented appetite with carbohydrate cravings, and weight gain that beings in the autumn and continues through the winter months” (SA, S.).
SAD typically comes back around the same time of the year, so don’t brush off that recurrent feeling or blame it on “winter blues” to try to tough it out. Take the steps you need to feel normal again and motivate yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Some of the best treatment regiments for SAD include exposure to artificial light in the mornings (Partonen, T.). A combination of light therapy, psychotherapy, and medications may also be suitable depending on your needs.
If you think you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, contact us to book a completely free, no obligation, mental health assessment. We’re here to help.
- SA, S., & TJ, B. (n.d.). Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, USA. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/9531916
- Partonen, T., Dr. (1998, November 25). Seasonal affective disorder. Retrieved October 19, 2017, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673698010150