Seasonal Affective Disorder – Don’t be S.A.D. be Happy!
Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)
Symptoms of S.A.D.
The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are similar to depression, just that it occurs at certain times of the year.
Symptoms are mild at the beginning of Autumn/Winter and can get progressively worse as the daylight diminishes, and almost always spontaneously disappear with the arrival of spring and longer daylight hours. Many people experience symptoms such as:
Low mood, depression, feeling miserable
Overeating and craving carbohydrates and chocolate – leading to weight gain
Loss of libido
Relieving the symptoms of S.A.D.
In previous years, treatment would have just been with prescribed medication, but it has been found that light therapy is effective in up to 85% of diagnosed cases**.
Medically certified S.A.D. lightboxes are available to hire or purchase and should be used every day for the recommended time as per instructions with your particular unit during winter time.
Make time for exercise to burn calories and release feel-good endorphins.
Try to find time to be outdoors as much as possible for a minimum of 15 minutes – weather permitting!
Massage is also a great way to relieve the symptoms of S.A.D. as it helps release feel-good endorphins, lowers blood pressure and stress levels and improves energy levels. By having regular massages symptoms of S.A.D. are less intense.