It’s that time of year again. Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and daylight hours are dwindling. For some, this also means a decrease in mood.
What is SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that increases with seasonal changes. SAD symptoms typically start in the fall or winter months, although it is possible for SAD to onset in spring or summer months. SAD is different from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) because MDD symptoms are not dependent on the time of year.
Am I SAD?
The following are common symptoms of SAD:
- Low mood
- Changes in sleep
- Feeling worthless
- Negative thoughts
- Increased appetite
- Loss of energy or motivation
A therapist can help you determine whether or not you meet criteria for Seasonal Affective Disorder. More importantly, a therapist can help you manage your symptoms! When looking for a therapist to treat SAD, look for someone who specializes in mood disorders like depression. If you notice thoughts of suicide, please visit an emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).