Seasonal Affective Depression
With the days getting dark faster and the weather getting colder, that means that winter is on its way! Winter time is supposed to be a time filled with hot cocoa, holiday cheer, and holiday traditions. Winter is not always a cheery time for everyone, though; some people may feel unhappier than normal during the winter time. Other problems people might have with the winter months include:
If you have more than one of these symptoms plus consistent sadness, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as Seasonal Affective Depression). There is no exact cause behind SAD, but some experts think that it may deal with your body not getting enough sunlight, the irregularity of your circadian rhythms (sleep schedule), and the brain chemical serotonin. For people with SAD symptoms usually come and go the same time every year (usually September/October through April/May). SAD and depression are very different, so it is important to visit your doctor if you are concerned that you might be affected by either SAD or depression.
If you are affected by SAD, there are different treatments available. Some you can do by yourself and other treatments require extra help. Treatments include:
As previously mentioned, it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor before seeking help or treatment. If counseling is what you seek if you have SAD or any other problem, you can visit the Counseling Center in Lucina 320. Visit the Counseling Center website or call 765-285-1736
This health message is brought to you by Peer Health Educator Olivia Cosgray.
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