Moods. Often changing depending on seasons. Sunlight. Darkness. Morning. Evening. I’ve noticed this lately. Intuition signals sweat to form tiny beads on the back of my neck. Little hairs begin to prickle. I see changes in actions while hearing words with tones sounding different than only a few months before……
Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s real. A Chronic Condition that affects more people than I ever imagined. It’s a true form of depression many haven’t heard of or even know exist. Once simply called the Winter Blues, it’s probably been around since the beginning of time. Like a broken arm, migraines or the flu.
Approximately fifty years ago, a proper diagnosis was made and a name given to a form of depression that seemed to be triggered by specific seasons of the year. More woman are affected than men who live in states or countries that have less light. Yes, people feel blue, but it is more than that. They are truly SAD.
Most who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder notice a curtain closing upon their mood during the darkening days of fall, not lifting until the lighter days of spring. Still others notice changes in their mood during the fresh scent of spring, lasting through the end of summer’s sun.
SAD is real and it does exist! If you don’t suffer from it, I guarantee that someone you greet on the street, bump in shop, or pass at work probably does. They may be good at hiding it, or worse yet, do not even realize they are living with it. How SAD is that???
Please support me today by being a good friend tomorrow. Hold a hand and spread my words to help others understand that Seasonal Effective Disorder is a true condition that can be treated. There is no shame in being depressed. Education is the key. Talk about it.
Only a physician can properly diagnose someone with Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you or someone you know is feeling depressed over a period of time without feeling better, seek treatment.
Some Symptoms of Winter SAD
*Feeling tired or having low energy
*Hypersensitivity to rejection
*Problems getting along with others
*Increased appetite/Craving carbohydrates or foods high in fat or sugar
*Wanting or needing excess sleep
*Decreased sex drive
*Increased alcohol consumption
*Difficulty in concentration
Spring and Summer SAD
- Talk therapy
- Light therapy
- Proper Diet
- A Combination of the Above