SAD. The “Winter Blues” is Real!
Have you ever noticed your mood change in the winter? Maybe you are feeling more irritable, tired, or just feel down? You may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For many, it is not uncommon to feel a little SAD during the winter months, especially when the days are ending quicker, it gets colder and darker. Roughly 2-3% of the general population is affected by this mental health issue. This is a real medical health condition that can affect any one.
So, what exactly is SAD?
Part mood disturbance and part biological, SAD is a mental health issue that occurs typically in the fall and winter months. The cause remains unknown and is recognized as a complex disorder influenced by several factors like genetics, serotonin levels, retinal sensitivity to light, and neurotransmitter dysfunction.
What are the signs of SAD?
Symptoms of SAD are like depression. The main difference between the two is the seasonality.
- Feeling down or depressed
- An increased desire to sleep
- Changes in appetite (overeating or undereating)
- Decreased energy or feeling slow
- Loss of interest in activities you used to like
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Thoughts of hurting your self or suicide
- Lack of concentration
What you should do if you think you have SAD?
- Make your environment sunnier and brighter
- Spend more time outside
- Exercise regularly
If that does not work, speak to our doctor about, Light Therapy, Counselling or Medication (for those significantly affected by SAD).
You are not alone!
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mental health issue that is not quite fully understood. If you or a loved one is experiencing feelings that are greater than mild depression, do not hesitate to ask for help. Speak with your friends, your family, and your doctor. Using your support network can help decrease your feelings of isolation or depression. At Meira Care, our doctors and healthcare providers are here for you. We offer counselling and mental health support to get you back on track!
Disclaimer: The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.