Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you notice any of the signs please do visit your GP.
There are effective treatments available if you’re diagnosed with the condition.
Your GP will very likely ask you some questions around these lines;
• your mood
• your lifestyle
• your eating and sleeping patterns
• any seasonal changes in your thoughts and behaviour
• whether your symptoms prevent you from carrying out normal activities
• whether there’s anything in your personal history that may contribute to a depressive disorder, such as child abuse
• whether there’s anything in your family history that may contribute to a depressive disorder, such as a family history of depression
Your GP may also carry out a brief physical examination.

It is that time of the year when the darkness creeps in so quickly and sometimes it is pitch black by 5pm. As theseasons change, so do moods chnage. Nothing in life is ever static. One thing to note though, is that the change in the season affects us all very differently. Some even don’t notice the change or, they have not noticed the cycle in thier mood changes.
What are the SYMPTOMS of SAD?
1. Symptoms may be similar to those of depression, the difference is that they are repetitive and at a particular time of year.
2. Often starts in the autumn or winter and improve in the spring.
3. The nature and severity varies from person to person.
4. Some people just find the condition a bit irritating, while for others it can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day life.
Most people with #SAD will feel depressed during the autumn and winter.
Some of the signs according to NHS may include:
•a persistent low mood
•a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
•feeling irritable
•feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
•low self-esteem
•feeling stressed or anxious
•a reduced sex drive
•becoming less sociable
A small number of people will experience these symptoms in phases that are separated by “manic” periods where they feel happy, energetic and much more sociable.
Other symptoms
In addition to symptoms of depression, you may also:
•be less active than normal
•feel lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
•sleep for longer than normal and find it hard to get up in the morning
•find it difficult to concentrate
•have an increased appetite – some people have a particular craving for foods containing lots of carbohydrates and end up gaining weight as a result
These symptoms may make everyday activities increasingly difficult.
Please see your GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re finding it difficult to cope.

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