Let's talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. Symptoms start in the fall and continue through the winter months. With more than 3 million cases per year in the U.S., SAD is very common. YOU are not alone in this. For people who work in the sun and soil, long winters are hard.  SAD can last several months and even years, but can be treated by medical professionals. Less exposure to sunlight confuses your internal clock and causes the chemicals in your brain to get out of balance, causing SAD. Being vitamin-D deficiant can also cause some to struggle with SAD.

If you have experienced the following symptoms recently, you may be struggling with SAD.

  • Feeling sad or down most of the day, everyday.
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Low energy/feeling sluggish
  • Problems with sleeping too much
  • Overeating and weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
  • Suicidal thoughts

What can you do to combat the SAD struggle?

  • Eat more fruits & vegetables and fish & eggs
  • Drink whole milk for  more vitamin D
  • Get 7-9 hours of sleep
  • Exercise
  • Stay Social
  • Talk to your doctor

Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough through out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

If you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety or mental health, there are ways to get help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
If texting is preferred, text HOME to 741741
Learn more about the Lifeline & 988